TPWD Crab Trap Cleanup Progam

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers interested in helping to remove abandoned crab traps — ghostlike killers of marine life — from their haunts along the coast. Starting Feb. 15 and continuing through Feb. 24, all Texas bays will be closed for crabbing. Any traps left in the water will be assumed to be abandoned and considered “litter” under state law. This allows volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find. Since TPWD’s Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program began in 2002, a total of 29,552 wire mesh traps have been removed and disposed of, mainly on the mid and upper coast. This year, the department hopes to see the count rise above 30,000.

To facilitate volunteer trap removal efforts this year, TPWD will provide trap drop-off sites at several locations in each major bay system along the coast starting Feb.16, from 8 a.m. to noon, depending on the weather. Additionally, at all sites, dumpsters marked with banners will be available to receive traps for the duration of the closure.

2013 Trap Drop Off Sites for Galveston Bay:
Jones Lake State Ramp (Fat Boys) — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
Seabrook SH 146 Bridge Public Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
Fort Anahuac County Park Boat Ramp — Facilitated by Galveston Bay Foundation & trap drop-off site
Chocolate Bayou State Boat Ramp- FM 2004 — Facilitated & trap drop-off site

Galveston Bay — Local TPWD coordinator Bill Balboa (281) 534-0110

News Release from TPWD: Wanted: Coastal Ghost Busters

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