Annual crab trap collection a success

Allan Berger, chairman of the San Antonio Bay Partnership, picks up an abandoned crab trap in San Antonio Bay.

Texas coastal waters will be closed to crabbing with wire mesh traps from Feb. 15-24.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is giving out gloves, traps, hooks and bottled water so volunteers can collect any traps left in the water and dispose of them as litter.

Locally, volunteers plan to cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 16. Allan Berger, chair of the San Antonio Bay Partnership, is coordinating this. He plans to cover Espiritu Santo and San Antonio bays from Port O’Connor, Charlie’s Bait Camp and Austwell. Also, with the Lavaca Bay Foundation’s assistance, the cleanup has been extended to Lavaca Bay.

Berger is seeking boats or crews for 20 routes. To volunteer, call Berger at 713-829-2852 or email allanrberger@comcast.net.

A party for volunteers will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hooper’s Bar and Grille in Port O’Connor. Volunteers will be rewarded with food, drinks and entertainment by Jack Motley and Carol Boling.

About 1,000 traps were removed from the San Antonio Bay system last year. About 12,000 traps have been removed from the San Antonio Bay system since cleanup efforts began in 2002.

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