Volunteers with the Lake Pontchartrain Foundation and Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program removed hundreds of derelict crab traps from the coastal waters of Louisiana during blue crab season closures on February 13 and 20, 2016, respectively.
This volunteer effort is a portion of a larger project to locate and remove derelict crab traps in Louisiana that is being led by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This agency was a 2015 recipient of a NOAA Marine Debris Program Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant. In Bayou la Batre, Alabama, contractors have also begun to remove abandoned and derelict vessels from the bayou as a part of another Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project in the Gulf region. The City of Bayou la Batre partnered with the Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Parker Martin Consulting Firm to improve the waters of Bayou la Batre by removing vessels that have plagued the area for decades. They will also hold community forums to educate the public about the impacts of marine debris.