Another derelict crab trap clean up is planned for 2008. Over the last four years, crab trap closures and cleanups in nine different areas have taken place. Two were held in 2004, four in 2005, one in 2006, and two in 2007. The total area included in all trap clean ups comprised approximately 1,635,600 acres. To date, a total of 15,590 crab traps have been retrieved and over 186 volunteer boat-days of effort have been recorded.
The crab trap closure and derelict crab trap clean will take place over a 10-day period from 6 a.m., Feb. 23, 2008 through 6 a.m. March 3, 2008 within a portion of the upper Terrebonne Bay estuary as described below:
From a point originating along the western shoreline of Cut Off Canal at its intersection with Grand Bayou, thence southward along the western shoreline of Cut Off Canal to its intersection with the boundary of the Pointe au Chenes Wildlife Management Area, thence west along the southern boundary of the Pointe au Chenes Wildlife Management Area to the Humble Canal, thence west along the northern shoreline of Humble Canal to its intersection with Bayou Terrebonne, thence south along the western shoreline of Bayou Terrebonne to its intersection with Bush Canal, thence west along the northern shoreline of Bush Canal to its intersection with Bayou Little Caillou, thence south along the western shoreline of Bayou Little Caillou to 29 degrees 17 minutes 00 seconds north latitude, thence east along 29 degrees 17 minutes 00 seconds north latitude to the eastern shoreline of Bayou Pointe au Chenes, thence north along the eastern shoreline of Bayou Pointe au Chenes to the eastern shoreline of Cut Off Canal, thence north along the eastern shoreline of Cut Off Canal to its intersection with the southern shoreline of Grand Bayou, thence west across Cut Off Canal and terminating at the point of origin at the western shoreline of Cut Off Canal at its intersection with Grand Bayou.
Fishermen must remove their crab traps from within the closure area during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered as abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers. Several restrictions apply to clean up activities: crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset; individuals removing crab traps may not possess these traps outside of the closure area; and, abandoned traps must be brought to designated disposal sites. These trap removal regulations also do not provide authorization for public access to private property; authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary, Robert J. Barham, announced two designated disposal sites:
Pointe au Chenes Marina, located at the end of LA Hwy. 665.
Sea Breeze Marina, located at the end of LA Hwy. 55.
The volunteer day will be on Saturday, Feb. 23, although derelict traps may be collected anytime during the cleanup period. LDWF personnel will be present at each disposal site on the volunteer day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and remaining until approximately 3:30 p.m. to distribute instructions, maps, and supplies (tarps, grappling hooks, garbage bags, and gloves) to volunteers, assist with the unloading of derelict traps and document the number of traps removed and volunteer participation.
Volunteers are needed to retrieve traps and to work at the disposal sites. Volunteers should wear appropriate protective clothing because removing abandoned crab traps is a wet and dirty job.
Volunteers collecting crab traps when LDWF personnel are not present are asked to place the traps and buoys in a storage receptacle at the disposal site and to submit the following information (name; address; date; number of traps retrieved; number) to Vince Guillory (see below). The data collection form is available at www.derelictcrabtrap.net/form.html.
Additional information may be obtained from the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program web site (www.derelictcrabtrap.net) or from Vince Guillory, LDWF Program Coordinator, at 985-594-4139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact Vince Guillory at 985-594-4139 or email@example.com.