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.

Save Crabs and Critters at Abandoned Crab Trap Removal 2019

In partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, GBF will facilitate a crab trap removal event in Anahuac and Bolivar on Saturday, February 16th 2019 from 9am to 1pm. Volunteers can bring their own boat to help pull traps out of the water, or they can wait on land for boats to come in and help unload and smash the traps. Volunteers may also be asked to collect trash in the area to double-up on the marine debris control and removal effort. Our crab trap removal events in Anahuac and Bolivar include lunch and opportunities to win prizes. Spaces are very limited, so sign up to volunteer now!
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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.

Recognizing our Past Sponsors and Partners:
2018 Abandoned Crab Trap Sponsors