Old crab traps removed from Louisiana coast

COCODRIE,LA(WAFB) - The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana volunteers headed to the coast to remove derelict crab traps on Saturday.

The Terrebonne Parish cleanup kicked off at 6 a.m.  Over 100 Volunteers from CCA traveled to Cocodrie to start the process which runs through March 26.  Volunteers have collected the crab traps and will proceed to bring them to shore for Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) to crush them and put them in dumpsters.

CCA volunteers from all over the state have participated in the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program since 2004.  The program has removed over 20,000 abandoned crab traps from navigable waters in Louisiana's bayous and lakes.

"They continue to catch fish and crabs.  They continue to be hazardous for navigation.  So we are out there to clean up this area, clean up the environment and make it safer for navigation.  Make it better for our environment and better for our fisheries," CCA member John Walther said.

For more information or to volunteer for the event, please visit CCALouisiana.com.

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