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Crab Trap Rodeo Volunteers Wanted

Crab Trap Rodeo Volunteers Wanted

February 13, 2012

In an effort to protect blue crabs and improving safety for boaters, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has set dates for cleaning abandoned crab traps from waterways in St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Terrebonne parishes. The department and conservation groups are also calling for volunteers to haul out the traps.

St. Bernard and Plaquemines parish clean-ups will begin at 6 a.m. Feb. 25 and end at 6 a.m. March 5. The department and Louisiana Sea Grant will host volunteer clean-up days on two Saturdays -- Feb. 25 and March 3 -- at Sweetwater Marina on Delacroix Island.

The Terrebonne Parish clean-up runs from 6 a.m. March 17 to 6 a.m. March 26. Wildlife and Fisheries will host a volunteer clean-up day on Saturday, March 17 at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Cocodrie.

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, the Louisiana Crab Task Force, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy will help Louisiana Sea Grant host the clean-up.

For more information, visit www.laseagrant.org/crabtraps.