02/19/2013 08:45 AM
BATON ROUGE – Students from the LSU College of Agriculture’s Agricultural Residential College, or ARC, and upperclassmen in the college visited East Pointe à la Hache in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 16 to attend the 2013 Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo, a volunteer event hosted by Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter, with support from the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, Coastal Conservation Association and Louisiana Crab Task.
By removing derelict traps from area waterways, blue crabs and other marine animals are spared from being unintentionally trapped, and navigational hazards posed by derelict traps are eradicated.
Students from all across the College of Agriculture participated in this event and were able to draw important lessons from their volunteer efforts.
“I’ve learned that abandoned crab traps are bad for the environment and we have to take a stand to help our earth be the best that it once was,” said Emily Sullivan, a textiles, apparel and merchandising freshman and ARC resident.
Volunteers from Saturday’s rodeo collected more than 200 crab traps, bringing the total number of crab traps collected in state waters since 2004 to more than 20,000.
Additional crab trap rodeos will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, in Plaquemines Parish and on Saturday, March 9, in St. Bernard Parish. The events include access to food, T-shirts and door prizes for the volunteers. For more information about crab trap rodeos or to register, visit www.laseagrant.org/crabtraps.
For more information about the Agriculture Residential College or the College of Agriculture, visit www.coa.lsu.edu, or find the LSU College of Agriculture on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LSUCollegeofAg.
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013