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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.


Terrebonne Closure

The Terrebonne closure will span 10-days beginning Feb 15, 2014 at 6:00 am and ending Feb 24, 2014 at 6:00 am. The rodeo day is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Collection site at Toby Voisin’s Oyster Dock located at the end of Hwy 315 in Dularge, LA.

Volunteer registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and participants are asked to return to the dock by 3:30 p.m.

** Note: In the event of cancellation due to bad weather conditions, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 will be the make-up date for the rodeo event.



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This project is funded with grants from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.


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