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.

2017 Closures & Rodeos:

Volunteers with and without boats are needed!

Eastern Portion of Louisiana:

(The inside waters from the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to Bayou Lafourche )

Closure — February 20, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. through March 7, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Western Portion of Louisiana:

(The inside waters from the Louisiana/Texas state line eastward to Bayou Lafourche)

Closure — March 6, 2017at 12:00 a.m. through March 21, 2017at 11:59 p.m.

Rodeo — The LDWF plans to have an event on March 11th from 8:30am-3:00pm at Isle De Jean Charles Marina down in Montegut (south of Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA).

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