Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo removes more than 1,000
BATON ROUGE - More than 100 volunteers and 16 boats gathered at Toby Voisin’s oyster dock on Bayou Dularge for the annual Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo on Feb. 15.
The volunteers, LDWF staff and members of the commercial fishing industry assisted in retrieving more than 1,000 abandoned crab traps.
LDWF initiated the volunteer-based Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps.
The program is funded in part by the sale of Louisiana commercial crab fishing licenses. Since the program began volunteers have assisted in removing more than 24,000 traps.
Removal of these traps is imperative since they increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards, and reduce visual appeal of the environment.