The state of Florida will be closing the blue crab trap fishery briefly starting this week and will be out cleaning up derelict crab traps.
The July 10-19 event will involve removing discarded traps and those lost or abandoned in disrepair from Lee County's mangroves, back bays and passes. The effort will happen with staff and volunteers from Florida Sea Grant, UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, Charlotte Harbor and Estero Bay Aquatic Preserves and other organizations.
The idea is that every other year the trap fishery will close for 10 days and everyone will pull their traps so the staff and volunteers can identify and remove all derelict traps found in Lee County waters during the closure period.
If you know where a derelict trap is located and would like to report it, or for more information, contact Hazell at (239) 533-7518 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, visit these websites:
n Derelict Trap Removal Program: myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/trap-debris/
n Volunteer Removal Program and Regional Closures: myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/trap-debris/volunteer-program/
n Florida Sea Grant is part of the UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, which falls under the umbrella of Lee County Parks & Recreation.