Volunteers are needed Feb. 20-March 1 to assist in the coast-wide effort to remove the numerous traps that have been lost or abandoned since last year’s cleanup.
PHOTO CREDIT: TPWD
This year, to help facilitate cleanup efforts around Sabine Lake, Louisiana will be working jointly with Texas by closing the season to crabbing concurrently Feb. 20-March 1 for the Annual Crab Trap Removal program.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the coast-wide effort to remove the numerous traps that have been lost or abandoned since last year’s cleanup. To facilitate volunteer trap removal efforts this year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will provide trap drop-off sites at several locations in each major bay system along the coast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 21, weather permitting.
At all sites, dumpsters or collection areas marked with banners will be available to receive traps. Volunteers may focus their efforts on Feb. 21 or work at their own pace. But traps cannot be removed prior to Feb. 20 or after March 1.
To participate, volunteers may pick up free tarps, gloves, trap hooks and additional information at their local TPWD Coastal Fisheries field stations. TPWD requests that volunteers who remove traps record and submit information about the number of traps they collect as well as documenting any sightings of diamondback terrapins.
For more information, contact your local TPWD Coastal Fisheries office or Art Morris at the Corpus Christi field station, (361) 825-3356 or [email protected]
Trap Drop-off Sites
SABINE LAKE – Local TPWD coordinator Jerry Mambretti (409) 983-1104 (ext. 222)
Mesquite Point Boat Ramp next to Walter Umphrey State Park — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
Pleasure Island Marina Boat Ramp – Trap drop-off site
GALVESTON BAY – Local TPWD coordinator Glen Sutton (281) 534-0110
Jones Lake State Ramp (Fat Boys) — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
Seabrook SH 146 Bridge Public Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
Fort Anahuac County Park Boat Ramp — Facilitated by Galveston Bay Foundation & trap drop-off site
Chocolate Bayou State Boat Ramp- FM 2004 — Facilitated & trap drop-off site
MATAGORDA BAY– Local 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 – Local 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
Austwell Public Boat Ramp – Trap drop off site
ARANSAS BAY – Local TPWD coordinator Chris Mace (361) 729-5429
Goose Island State Park Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
North Cove Harbor Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
CORPUS CHRISTI BAY – Local TPWD coordinator Tom Wagner (361) 729-2328
South Conn Brown Harbor Public Ramp — Trap drop-off site
Ransom Channel Public Ramp — Trap drop-off site
UPPER LAGUNA MADRE – Local TPWD coordinator Faye Grubbs (361) 825-3353
Bluff’s Landing Marina — Trap drop-off site
Kaufer Park Boat Ramp — Trap drop-off site
LOWER LAGUNA MADRE – Local TPWD coordinator Jason Ferguson (956) 350-4490
Adolfe Thomae County Park — Trap drop-off site
Port Mansfield Navigation District Ramp — Trap drop-off site