Final Results from Crab Trap Clean-up

Volunteers:

And the final tally is in! As you can see from the results below, there was a good turnout with much success for the 17th Annual Abandoned Crab Trap Removal effort. San Antonio Bay led the coast again this year in traps brought in. This was the highest total for any bay since 2009 when there were 1,048 removed from this same bay system. That brings the 17-year coastwide total to 35,481 traps removed! There were traps dropped off at all 3 sites. In fact, all 3 dumpsters were completely full, and the dumpster at Austwell had to be replaced once because it was filled quickly. A big thanks to Dan Alonso (San Antonio Bay Foundation) and Allan Berger (San Antonio Bay Partnership) for enlisting and coordinating many boats and volunteers. These 2 groups were responsible for most the traps removed locally. The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge staff also contributed substantially to trap removal from waters adjacent to the refuge. Great job folks!! That’s how you lead by example!

As always thanks to Neal and Karen Gray for letting us use a corner of their parking lot at Charlie’s. Thanks also to the POC CCA chapter for providing food at the POC site. These folks have been making food available for the crab trap clean up since the beginning; that’s just amazing!  Thanks also to CCA for supporting this effort with people, supplies, and funding. This year Waste Management also donated all 3 dumpsters. And special recognition goes to all the volunteers who sacrificed a perfectly good fishing day just so they could trash their boats with mud, oysters, barnacles, and old traps. Without all the volunteers over the years the traps would still be out there fishing, killing crabs, fish, and turtles, and just generally getting in the way. Great work folks, you are truly environmental heroes!

ACTRP 2018 Results

Traps

Volunteers

Boats

Sabine Lake

150

5

6

Galveston Bay

324

179

14

Matagorda Bay

54

4

2

San Antonio Bay

997

49

20

Aransas Bay

52

0

0

Corpus Christi Bay

71

0

2

Upper Laguna Madre

0

0

0

Lower Laguna Madre

0

0

0

Totals

1,648

237

44

from Norman Boyd, TPWD

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