Time for annual crab trap cleanup
Feb. 4, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 3, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Contact Texas Parks and Wildlife in your area to find out about volunteering and get locations for crab trap drop-offs.
Matagorda Bay: Leslie Hartman, 361- 972-6253
San Antonio Bay: Norman Boyd, 361- 983-4425
Aransas Bay: Karen Meador
The annual crab trap cleanup starts Feb. 17.
Crab season is traditionally open year round, but from Feb. 17- 26 crab season will close in Texas.
After crabbers have removed crab traps that are still in use, volunteers have the chance to comb the crabbing areas, removing traps no longer being tended by crabbers.
"Traps that aren't still in use are still catching crabs and fish. It kills the crabs and the fish. There's no harvesting of the product," Texas Parks and Wildlife biologist Norman Boyd said.
The program started about 11 years ago, as a way to clear the waters of these abandoned traps. After being pulled from the water, they are classified as junk and must go to a dumpster.
Boyd said the busiest day for crab trap removal will be Feb. 18. That is the day when most of the volunteers turn out.
Boyd said there will be representatives in Port O'Connor and Seadrift to help people dispose of the traps properly on that day.