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Annual Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Feb. 21 – Mar. 1

February 12th, 2020

By-line: © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

You’re invited to volunteer in the annual volunteer crab trap cleanup between Feb. 21 and March 1 and help remove abandoned crab traps that have been left in the bays to foul shrimpers’ nets, snag anglers’ lines, “ghost fish,” and create unsightly views.

There will be crab trap drop-off sites at locations in each major bay system along the coast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 22, 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 focus their efforts on Feb. 22 or work at their own pace anytime during the closure, but traps cannot be removed prior to Feb. 21 or after March 1.

To participate, pick up free tarps, gloves, trap hooks and additional information at your local TPWD Coastal Fisheries field station. If you remove traps, please record and submit information about the number of traps you collected and also document any diamondback terrapin sightings.

During the cleanup, any traps left in bays — including traps tied to docks — will be assumed abandoned and considered “litter” under state law. This allows volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find. All other legal means of crabbing will not be affected during the closure period for wire crab traps.

For more information, contact your local TPWD Coastal Fisheries office or Zack Thomas at (512) 389-8448 or

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