Abandoned Crab Trap Removal


As part of the Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program, Galveston Bay Foundation and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) team up to remove derelict crab traps from Galveston Bay every February. Volunteers get on the water and work from land to collect traps, smash them down, and toss them into dumpsters. Removing these traps creates a cleaner bay, allows the ecologically and economically important blue crab to re-populate, reduces “ghost fishing” (abandoned traps continue to catch and kill a variety of organisms, such as the diamondback terrapin turtle), and protects larger animals like dolphins from becoming entangled in trap lines.

Check back for information on the 2020 Crab Trap Removal Event!

About the State-Wide Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program:
The Texas Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program came into effect in 2001 in response to increased pressure on blue crab populations, and increased incidences of ghost fishing resulting in death or injury to a variety of aquatic organisms. The program includes a 10-day crab trap closure period, and any traps left in the water during the closure are considered litter and are removed and disposed of. Learn more about the program.

Thanks to our 2019 sponsors and partners:
2018 Abandoned Crab Trap Sponsors