VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DERELICT CRAB TRAP CLEAN-UPS

Release Date: 02/13/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is asking for volunteers to assist with the 2007 Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program. Volunteers and boats are needed to collect traps and assist with their disposal at the designated disposal sites. 


The crab trap closures and clean ups will begin on Saturday, Feb. 24 and end Sunday, March 4 in a portion of the Lake Pontchartrain estuary and begin Saturday, March 3 and end Sunday, March 11 in a portion of the Barataria Bay estuary near Lafitte. 


Traps within the closure area may be picked up at any time within the closure period, but it would be more beneficial if volunteers participated on Saturdays when LDWF personnel will be available and supplies (tarps, gloves, grappling hooks, garbage bags, etc.) distributed.
LDWF Sec. Bryant Hammett, announced the following designated disposal sites for each closure:
 Lake Pontchartrain Estuary -- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service boat launch on lower Bayou Lacombe, The Dock at Eden Isles, Lake Catherine Marina, and Bonnabel Public Launch.
 Barataria Bay -- C-Way Marina in Lafitte.


Handling derelict traps in the water or at the disposal sites can be a dirty and messy job.  Volunteers are reminded to wear appropriate protective clothing.   


More details, including additional regulations, maps, description of the closure areas, and instructions for volunteers are available at the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program Web site at www.derelictcrabtrap.net.


For more information contact Vince Guillory at 985-594-4139 or vguillory@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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