The Florida Crab Trap Cleanup is necessary, and here’s why.
Starting on August 10th, the Florida East Coast Blue Crab Trap closure starts.
Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from certain state waters on the east coast of Florida prior to August 10, the first day of two 10 day trap closures.
These closures will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.
You can still harvest blue crabs during the closure with dip nets and fold up traps, or a standard blue crab trap attached to private property.
Ultimately these closures are sure to cleanup the waters and make a better place for boaters and crabbers.
What’s the Big Deal?
Lost and abandoned crab trap markers and pots can sometimes end up in the channels causing navigation nightmares. Quick maneuvers have saved boaters quite a bit of time and money replacing lower unit gears and seals.
When a motor stops quickly from striking an object or becomes wrapped with rope, it can cause severe damage to internal parts. If you feel or hear that your motor has hit something, cut your power immediately. If you do get a line wrapped around your prop and you cannot get it loose, cut the rope or line then repair it so another boater does not end up in the same situation.
Most crab traps are put outside of the channels but with boat wash, currents and cut lines, some abandoned traps tend to float into the channels making it extra tough to navigate especially at night.