The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has sent out the call for volunteers for the Feb. 15 continuation of the state’s Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program, a collective effort that has removed more than 22,000 crab traps from coastal waters during the past 10 years.

Volunteers boat owners will be given the equipment needed to collect traps. Additional volunteers will man the unloading dock. Program organizers will offer lunch and a gift along with a raffle.

The activity will run from 8:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. at Toby Voisin’s oyster dock at the end of La. 315 south of Theriot at Bayou Dularge.

Volunteers can get more information and register on website: www.laseagrant.org/crabtraps/volunteers.htm. Boat owners need to call Jennifer Thomas at (225) 763-3541 or via email: jkthomas@wlf.la.gov.

Thomas said removing the traps reduces “ghost-trap mortality on blue crabs and other marine species, and clears waters for recreational and commercial activities.”

The program also is sponsored by Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, the Audubon Nature Institute and Louisiana Sea Grant.

Licensed crab fishermen will be ordered to remove their traps from the lower Terrebonne Parish collection area. Any traps remaining will be considered abandoned and subject to collection.

Joe Macaluso