Statewide Crab Trap Cleanup This Weekend!!!! Don't Forget

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Statewide Crab Trap Cleanup This Weekend!!!! Don't Forget

Post by rost495 » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:34 am

Just a reminder, most areas have folks on hand with tarps, gloves etc.... on Saturday, 8-Noon or so typically.... if anyone needs any info get with me. Lets make this the best showing for TAA we can!!! The help is starting to pay off, we had good reports from the Corpus Christi grass planting on Saturday too!!!

See ya out there somewhere on Saturday!

Jeff

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Post by rost495 » Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:12 pm

Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Operation Set
AUSTIN — Hoping to add to the pile of more than 27,500 derelict crab traps hauled from Texas bays since 2002, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are gearing up for the 10th abandoned crab trap removal effort Feb. 18-27.

During this 10-day period, all Texas bays will be closed to crabbing with traps. Any traps left in a bay will be assumed to be abandoned and considered “litter” under state law, which allows volunteers to legally remove any traps they find. Prior to the 77th Legislature authorizing the abandoned crab trap removal program, only the trap’s owner or a Texas game warden could legally remove a crab trap. Game wardens still collect more than 2,500 illegal traps annually, but many more remain in the water to foul shrimpers’ nets, snag fishermen’s lines, accidently trap fish (called “ghost fishing”) and create an unsightly view.

This year, in celebration of the first decade of the program, two framed original TPWD stamp prints will be given to two lucky volunteers who help out with the program.

TPWD will be facilitating trap drop-off sites at several locations in each major bay system along the coast from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 19, weather permitting. Additionally, at all sites, dumpsters marked with banners will be available to receive traps for the duration of the closure. Volunteers may help out on Feb. 19 or work at their own pace anytime during the closure, but traps cannot be removed prior to Feb. 18 or after Feb. 27.

Last year, volunteers, with the aid of numerous sponsors, removed roughly 1,800 traps.

"The success of this program is a reflection of the keen sense of stewardship anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts have for the marine resources of this great state,” said Art Morris, TPWD program coordinator. “Volunteers have removed more traps from Texas waters than any other state and the results show. The waning number of traps removed each year demonstrates that this volunteer effort has had a big impact."

The Coastal Conservation Association Texas, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Research Program, and the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Reserve are providing continued support to the crab trap removal program. Numerous other organizations and companies also are volunteering their services.

To participate, volunteers can arrange to pickup free tarps, gloves, trap hooks and additional information at their local TPWD Coastal Fisheries field stations. TPWD requests volunteers’ who remove traps record and submit information about the number they collect as well as any sightings of diamond-backed terrapins.

For more information about the Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program and how you can volunteer, please contact your local TPWD Coastal Fisheries office or Art Morris at the Corpus Christi field station: (361) 825-3356.

TRAP DROP-OFF SITES
Sabine Lake – TPWD coordinator Jerry Mambretti (409) 736-9035
Pleasure Island Marina Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
Galveston Bay – TPWD coordinator Bill Balboa (281) 534-0110
Jones Lake State Ramp (Fat Boys) — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
TPWD Dickinson Marine Lab-1502 FM 517 E, Dickinson — Trap drop-off site
Seabrook SH 146 Bridge Public Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
Fort Anahuac County Park Boat Ramp — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
Chocolate Bayou State Boat Ramp- FM 2004 — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
Pier 30 Bait and Tackle-1617 E. Hwy 332, Freeport — Trap drop-off site
MATAGORDA BAY– TPWD coordinator Leslie Hartman (361) 972-6253
Mitchell Cut Boat (ICWW) Ramp @ Sargent — Trap drop-off site
Matagorda Harbor @ Matagorda — Trap drop-off site
Railroad Park @ Palacios — Trap drop-off site
San Antonio Bay – TPWD coordinator Norman Boyd (361) 983-4425
Charlie’s Bait Stand — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
Port O’Connor TPWD Docks — Facilitated & Trap drop-off site
ARANSAS BAY – TPWD coordinator Karen Meador (361) 729-2328
Goose Island State Park Boat Ramp — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
North Cove Harbor Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
CORPUS CHRISTI BAY – TPWD coordinator Tom Wagner (361) 729-2328
South Conn Brown Harbor Boat Ramp — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
UPPER LAGUNA MADRE – TPWD coordinator Todd Neahr (361) 825-3353
Bluff’s Landing Marina — Trap drop-off site
Kaufer Park Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
LOWER LAGUNA MADRE – TPWD coordinator Mark Lingo (956) 350-4490
Adolfe Thomae County Park @ Arroyo City — Trap drop-off site
Port Mansfield Navigation District Ramp @ Port Mansfield — Trap drop-off site

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Post by rost495 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:51 am

Bump.

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Post by rost495 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:03 pm

One last bump!! Remember its Saturday plus some days but main push on Saturday. Get out there and help the cause!!!! I"ll be out to POC and we know we have other TAA folks up and down the coast. Don't forget you represent us!! Check the stickers, check the safety gear etc.... before heading out... always go over the boat, motor and prop before firing up. Wear those life vests!

Weather could be a hair damp but at least warm enough.

Jeff

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Re: Statewide Crab Trap Cleanup This Weekend!!!! Don't Forge

Post by Slayride » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:11 pm

One of the terms of listening to all the whining from the TxWPP people, TPWD is expecting a HUGE number of "cryakers" to assist in bringing in trash and old crab traps from our coastal bays. Does anyone have a good number of how many are actually signed up? Please get a good kayak count when you are at these functions and post those results here. :lol:
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Post by shiggs » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:28 pm

This last week my phone started ringing----So I think we are going to have a pretty good turnout over this way!!!!!!! :D

If anyone in the area surrounding Houston/Galveston reads this tonight and wants to help with their boat, we are meeting at the Ft. Anahuac Park Boat Ramp at 0800 in the morning. Hope to see you there. :toothy7:

Jeff-Slayride, yall be careful down your way and have a good time!

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Post by rost495 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:58 pm

Slayride wrote:One of the terms of listening to all the whining from the TxWPP people, TPWD is expecting a HUGE number of "cryakers" to assist in bringing in trash and old crab traps from our coastal bays. Does anyone have a good number of how many are actually signed up? Please get a good kayak count when you are at these functions and post those results here. :lol:
We didn't run far... in POC, we ran all sides of blackberry, dewberry, out to little mary's, the old coast guard station, fish pond, mule slough, lighthouse cove, south side of grass island, out to the state park and back through fish pond, south side of bayucos and a little nook by the cut to little marys. So we didn't cover everything we could have due to time and had to refuel down to fumes at the end...

In all that I never saw a kayaker. Did piss a couple of fishermen off but I couldn't tell WTF they wanted to do and we were almost running shorelines on dry ground looking for washed up traps in the grass.... I went around everyone I could but some must not think that 100-150 yards is enough clearance when you don't see them till the last second.... and I have proof now of the use of bright colors for waders... one guy was wading in a peach shirt... I could see him from light house cove out to grass island almost.... the others were deeper and looked like nothing till I got closer.

Amazing how many crabs can be in traps too....

But again no kayakers and how the heck would you carry traps if you wanted to.

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