TPWD Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program


2017 Crab Trap Removal a success in Anahuac and Bolivar!

The Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program was created by Senate Bill 1410 during the 77th (2001) legislative session. The bill granted the TPWD Commission authority to create a ten day crab trap closure period that begins on the third Friday of February every year. During this time, if anyone sees abandoned crab traps in the water, they can remove them to prevent harm to crabs and other creatures.

With the help of over 90 volunteers and 13 boats, a total of 329 traps were removed from Galveston Bay during our 2017 crab trap removal efforts. Based on data collected by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, we saved the lives of over 5,000 blue crabs! The effort also spared many other animals from being trapped and drowned in these abandoned traps.

To learn more about this state-wide crab trap removal program, click here.

Please contact Emily Ford at for more information on how to sponsor this event!

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors and partners:

Chambers County, Sea World Busch Gardens,  Chambers County Sheriffs Dept., The Houston Zoo , Texas Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Game Wardens.

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