Volunteers needed to assist in derelict crab trap cleanup
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, along with Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, Audubon Nature Institute, and Louisiana Sea Grant, will host the 2014 Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo on Saturday, February 15 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Toby Voisin’s oyster dock located at the end of Hwy. 315 in Dularge.
The Derelict Crap Trap Removal Program was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to remove the old and abandoned crab traps.
The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees and since its inception has disposed of more than 22,000 derelict crab traps.
Volunteers are encouraged to participate and are needed to assist with dockside activities such as unloading and stacking traps. The greatest need is for volunteer boat owners to help maximize trap collection.
Volunteers willing to participate can view information and pre-register at http://www.laseagrant.org/crabtraps/volunteers.htm.
Volunteer boat owners interested in donating and operating their boat should contact Jennifer Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 763-3541.
All volunteers receive a complimentary lunch, gift, and are entered into a raffle for a chance to win fishing and outdoor prizes.
LDWF representatives and partners will be available at Toby Voisin’s oyster dock beginning at 8:30 a.m. to distribute instructions, maps, and supplies to volunteers, assist with unloading the traps, and document the number of traps removed.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for February 22nd.
In order to conduct the clean-ups, licensed crab fishermen will receive a notice informing them that they must remove their crab traps from within the closure area during the closure period, and all remaining crab traps will be considered abandoned and may be removed by agency personnel or volunteers.
Posted on Tue, January 28, 2014