Blue Crab Restoration Program
The Department of Marine Resources is asking for fishermen’s help to remove neglected crab traps from the Coast.
Hopeful participants attended an initial sign up meeting with the DMR earlier this morning. Officials will be shelling out disaster funds from the Bonnet Carre Spillway to the eligible fishermen. The program is set to begin in April and is beneficial to the environment because unattended traps stuck in marshes are collecting crabs which eventually results in the sea creatures dying.
This is also a way to give Coast fishermen work during the rough season. Shrimp and Crab Bureau Director Rick Burris said, “All the traps that are left in the environment are considered derelict and we want to pull those traps out of the environment because they’re not being fished and they’re actually ghost fishing. We want to get those out and it’s going to help the fishery out and clean up the Coast as well.”
Those who qualify include Mississippi commercial crab fishermen who had a resident commercial crab trap license from May 1st, 2011 through April 30th, 2012.
A second meeting is set for tonight at 9 p.m. at the Bolton Building in Biloxi.