Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos

Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos

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Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG), working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and community volunteers, is on a mission to clean coastal waters of derelict crab traps.

Derelict traps are those that have been discarded, lost or abandoned in the environment. Traps can be accidentally lost if they become separated from their buoys by storms or passing boats. Many continue to fish, ensnaring blue crabs and other important aquatic species. Additionally, these wire mesh enclosures pose a potential navigation hazard to boats and can become entangled in other fishing gear like shrimp trawl nets.

In addition to removal, the project includes an educational element designed to reduce the number of traps lost annually and to lessen the impacts of traps in the environment. Data were also collected on the number and types of animals found in the recovered crab traps.

2020 Proposed Derelict Crab Trap Closures

2020 Rodeos:

Two volunteer days are planned for 2020 to help collect and remove derelict crab traps.

Saturday, February 8, 2020: Barataria Basin
located at Jean Lafitte Harbor, 4932 Kenal Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067, Phone: 504.689.2013, [email protected]
8:00 a.m. registration and open trap pick-up until 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 15, 2020: Calcasieu Basin
Cameron Parish public boat launch located on the western shore of the Calcasieu River Ship Channel, north of the Highway 82 Cameron Ferry.
8:00 a.m. registration and open trap pick-up until 3:00 p.m.

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