POSTED: Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 1:04am
LOUISIANA — The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a Notice of Intent to continue the abandoned crab trap removal program for 2014. A winter crab trap closure and clean-up is planned for a portion of Terrebonne parish from February 15, 2014 through February 24, 2014.
Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 23,200 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, volunteer organizations and individual volunteers including members of the Coastal Conservation Association and Louisiana Crab Task Force as well as volunteer students and faculty from LSU and Purdue University, NOAA Fisheries Service, and commercial crab and shrimp fishermen contributed to the removal of nearly 1,000 crab traps from coastal waters.
LDWF will again partner with Louisiana Sea Grant for the 2014 crab trap removal efforts. As the 2014 removal weekends approach, Louisiana Sea Grant will help organize volunteers, provide educational outreach on marine debris, as well as establish a recycling effort for crab traps.
Terrebonne Crab Trap Removal
The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following areas beginning at 6 a.m., February 15 through 6 a.m., February 24, 2013:
• From a point originating at the intersection of the eastern shoreline of Bayou Dularge and the southern shoreline of Falgout Canal; thence westward along the southern shoreline of Falgout Canal to Lake Decade; thence westward and then southward along the southern and western shoreline of Lake Decade to the mouth of Bayou Decade; thence southwesterly along the southern shoreline of Bayou Decade to Lost Lake; thence westward and then southward along the northern shoreline of Lost Lake to the mouth of Rice Bayou; thence southward along the western shoreline of Rice Bayou to Blue Hammock Bayou; thence westward along the northern shore of Blue Hammock Bayou to Four League Bay; thence southward along the eastern shoreline of Four League Bay to the mouth of Oyster Bayou; thence southward along the eastern shoreline of Oyster Bayou to a point along the inside-outside shrimp line as defined in R.S. 56:495(A); thence eastward along the inside-outside shrimp line to the eastern shoreline of Bayou Grand Caillou; thence northward along the eastern shoreline of Bayou Grand Caillou to 29 degrees 15 minutes 00 seconds north latitude; thence westward across Bayou Grand Caillou to the northern shoreline of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline canal; thence westward along the northern shoreline of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline canal to the eastern shore of Bayou Dularge; thence northward along the eastern shoreline of Bayou Dularge and terminating at the intersection of the eastern shoreline of Bayou Dularge and the southern shoreline of Falgout Canal.
All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.
In the weeks leading up to the closure, LDWF will mail notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within Terrebonne and adjacent parishes.
These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.
Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Anyone may remove these abandoned crab traps from within the closed area. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.
Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program, a network of 30 programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb , or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Mr. Martin Bourgeois, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, Box 189, Bourg, LA 70343, or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org  prior to October 11, 2013.