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Vermilion Bay/West Cote Blanche Bay Derelict Crab Trap Clean Up Dates Set
Posted: 5/12/05

A crab trap closure and an abandoned crab trap clean up will take place in a portion of Vermilion Bay and West Cote Blanche Bay and surrounding marshes for a nine-day period coinciding with the opening of the spring inshore shrimp season at 6 a.m. on May 16 and ending on May 24 at 6 a.m.

Fishermen are required to remove their crab traps from the closure area before 6 a.m. May 16. Any remaining crab traps in the closure area from 6 a.m. May 16 through 6 a.m. May 24 will be considered abandoned and may be retrieved by anyone.

All traps retrieved must be brought back to designated disposal sites at Marsh Island Wildlife Refuge headquarters and Quintana Canal public boat launch. However, unserviceable crab traps may be possessed by shrimp fishermen outside of the closed area when in compliance with R. S. 56:332, which mandates that a shrimp fisherman who catches an unserviceable crab trap must keep it on board his vessel and properly dispose of it onshore.

Shrimp fishermen who incidentally capture crab traps in their shrimp gear are encouraged to assist in the crab trap clean up. However, other volunteers may also participate, with Saturday, May 21, designated as a volunteer day.

LDWF personnel will be present at the Quintana Canal public boat launch beginning at 8 a.m. to distribute instructions, maps and supplies (tarps, grappling hooks, garbage bags and gloves) to the volunteers and to assist with the unloading of derelict traps. Contact Paul Cook at (337) 373-0032 or pcook@wlf.louisiana.gov about volunteering.

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