LWFC continues crab trap removal program

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent recently to continue the abandoned crab trap removal program for 2014.

A winter crab trap closure and clean up is planned for a portion of Terrebonne parish from Feb. 15 - Feb. 24, 2014.

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 23,200 abandoned and derelict crabs.

The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts.

Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, volunteer organizations and individual volunteers including members of the Coastal Conservation Association and Louisiana Crab Task Force as well as volunteer students and faculty from LSU and Purdue University, NOAA Fisheries Service, and commercial crab and shrimp fishermen contributed to the removal of nearly 1,000 crab traps from coastal waters.

LDWF will again partner with Louisiana Sea Grant for the 2014 crab trap removal efforts. As the 2014 removal weekends approach, Louisiana Sea Grant will help organize volunteers, provide educational outreach on marine debris, as well as establish a recycling effort for crab traps.

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.

In the weeks leading up to the closure, LDWF will mail notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within Terrebonne and adjacent parishes.