Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 33,000 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation members, volunteers, CCA and members of the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 5,600 abandoned crab traps.
The first two closures for the year include:
The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period from 12 a.m. February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 14, 2018:
- From a point originating on the western boundary of the Barataria Waterway (Lat. 29° 34′ 54.52″ N., Long. 90° 3′ 41.24″ W.), then eastward to the intersection of Highway 23 and Reddick Lane (Lat. 29° 34′ 53.36″ N., Long. 89° 49′ 38.29″ W.), then southward on Highway 23 to the intersection of Caroline Avenue and Highway 23, then southwesterly to a point where Little Pass and the southern bank of the Freeport Sulphur Canal intersect (Lat. 29 o 27’ 19.15”N Long. 89 o 42’ 25.96” W.), then southwest to the point located at Lat. 29° 23′ 51.08″ N., Long. 89° 46′ 30.00″ W., then westward to a point located at Lat. 29° 24′ 17.19″ N., Long. 89° 59′ 24.00″ W., then northward following the Baratraia Waterway, then terminating at a point Lat. 29° 34′ 54.52″ N., Long. 90° 3′ 41.24″ W
The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 10-day period from 12 a.m. February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 10, 2018:
- From a point of origin where I-55 intersects Pass Manchac (Lat. 30 ° 17′ 7.08″ N., Long. 90 ° 24′ 6.07″ W.), then eastward where Pass Manchac exits at the northwest bank of Lake Pontchartrain, then northward following the bank of Lake Pontchartrain to the south bound lane of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (Lat. 30 ° 21′ 51.75″ N., Long. 90 ° 5′ 38.59″ W.), then southward to a point where the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway crosses the Lakefront Trail located (Lat. 30 ° 1′ 10.06″ N., Long. 90 ° 9′ 17.28″ W.), then westward following the Lakefront trail along the south bank of Lake Pontchartrain until it intersects the Duncan Canal (Lat. 30 ° 2′ 50.56″ N., Long. 90 ° 16′ 45.21″ W.), then westward past the Duncan Canal continuing to follow the south bank of Lake Pontchartrain to a point where I-10 passes over the southern bank of Lake Pontchartrain (Lat. 30 ° 3′ 21.43″ N., Long. 90 ° 22′ 17.79″ W.), then westward on I-10 to the intersection of I-55, then northward on I-55 and terminating at the location I-55 crossing over Pass Manchac (Lat. 30 ° 17′ 7.08″ N., Long. 90 ° 24′ 6.07″ W.)
The remaining closures are:
- The third closure will take place in Sabine Lake and will run concurrent with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department closure of Sabine Lake. Both the Louisiana and Texas portions of Sabine Lake will be temporarily restricted for the use of crab traps to eliminate confusion during trap cleanup efforts. The Sabine Lake crab trap closure is scheduled to begin at 12 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 25, 2018.
- The fourth cleanup will be located in the Pontchartrain Basin, just north of the MRGO, including the southern portion of Lake Borgne and the area around Bayou La Loutre. This closure will begin at 12:00 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 3, 2018.
- The fifth closure area will be located in the Pontchartrain Basin, within the area from Delacroix to the MRGO, beginning at 12 a.m. March 4, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 19, 2018.
- The sixth closure area will take place in the Terrebonne Basin, in an area from Dulac south beyond Cocodrie beginning at 12 a.m. March 16, 2018, through 11:59 pm March 29, 2018.
- The seventh closure area will be in the Vermilion-Teche Basin, in the West Cote Blanche Bar area beginning at 12 a.m. March 18, 2018, through 11:59 pm March 31, 2018.