Friday, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Crab Trap Removal Program began and will run through March 2.
During this 10-day period, all Texas bays will be closed to crabbing with wire mesh crab traps.
Any traps left in the bays will be assumed abandoned and considered “litter” under state law.
This allows volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the coast-wide effort to remove the numerous traps that have been lost or abandoned since last year’s cleanup.
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 from 8 a.m. to noon today, weather permitting.
Additionally at all sites, dumpsters or collection areas marked with banners will be available to receive traps for the duration of the closure.
Volunteers may participate at their own pace anytime during the closure, but traps cannot be removed after March 2.
To participate, volunteers may pick up free tarps, gloves, trap hooks and additional information at their local TPWD Coastal Fisheries field stations.
TPWD requests that volunteers who remove traps record and submit information about the number of traps they collect as well as documenting any sightings of diamondback terrapins.
The closest field station to Galveston is the Dickinson Marine Lab, located at 1502 FM 517 in Dickinson.
Drop-off points closest to Galveston are the boat ramp located on Jones Lake where Fatboy’s Bait Camp once existed, and the boat ramp under the FM 2004 Bridge over Chocolate Bayou.
In fishing news, Bulldog’s Bait Shop reported a couple of nice catches.
Jason McConahay and his wife Kari from Iowa caught a 40-inch bull red that was tagged and retained, along with a 30-inch black drum that was released. Live crab was the bait.
Lee Hardy used crab to land a 32-inch black drum while fishing off of the Texas A&M University at Galveston Pier on Friday.
Richard Browning fished the 61st Street Fishing Pier on Thursday and landed four whiting and two hardhards.
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