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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.

Volunteer Days for 2022

Two volunteer days are planned for 2022 to help collect and remove derelict crab traps.

    1. Barataria Basin February 12, 2022: 8am – 3pm
      Jean Lafitte Harbor,  4932 Kenal Road Lafitte, LA 70067
    2. Calcasieu Basin February 19, 2022: 8am – 3pm
      West Cove Public Launch (north side) Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Across the street from Sabine National Wildlife Refuge Admin Building and Visitor Contact Station 3000 Holly Beach Highway Hackberry, LA 70645

Derelict Crab Trap Closures for 2022

visit LDWF for full closure details

    1. Terrebonne Basin: The first closure will take place in the Terrebonne Basin, in an area southwest of Dularge, from 12 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 14, 2022.
    2. Vermilion Basin: The second closure will take place in the Vermilion Basin, in an area between the Acadiana Navigational Channel and East Cote Blanche Bay, from 12 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 14, 2022.
    3. Barataria Basin: The third closure will take place in the Barataria Basin, in an area south of Lafitte, from 12 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2022.
    4.  Calcasieu Basin: The fourth closure will take place in the Calcasieu Basin, in the West Cove portion of Calcasieu Lake, from 12 a.m. Friday, February 18, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2022.