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TPWD’s Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program

By January 17, 2022
February 19, 2022 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Christmas Bay Boat Ramp
515 Amigo Ln
TX 77541
Derek York, Texas Brigades Volunteer

Description: The Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program (ACTRP) was created by Senate Bill 1410 during the 77th (2001) Legislative session. This bill granted the TPWD Commission authority to create a ten-day crab trap closure that begins the third Friday of each February.  Crab traps left in the water during this time are considered litter and may be disposed of appropriately.  Before this law, only law enforcement officials could legally remove abandoned crab traps from Texas’ marine waters. Since 2002, volunteers have removed over 40,000 abandoned traps from Texas waters. This event is a volunteer day to help remove crab traps during the annual crab trap season closure from bays all across the Texas coast. Volunteers will be going out on boats and kayaks looking for traps and bringing them back to launch site for recycling.

Texas Brigades Involvement: Texas Brigades volunteer, Derek York, will be facilitating pre-event planning but will not be present at the event. After such planning, there will be an additional outside volunteer, Jim Olive, available to assist and coordinate volunteers. Please reach out to Derek via email (at derek.york@tpwd.texas.gov) if you are interested in volunteering at this event.

BOA Opportunities Available:

    • A.5: Assist with a natural resource, wildlife, or conservation organization’s event: points awarded per day of assistance. Examples of assisting include: helping set up the event, assisting with instruction, or staffing a booth (without your poster or trifold). See Appendix II for list of pre‐approved organizations.


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