Blue Crab Trap Closure Ends Early For Brevard; Aug. 20-29 Trap Closure Cancelled For Nassau Through Volusia
By Amanda Nalley, FWC // August 15, 2018
runs from Brevard through Palm Beach counties
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may be placed back in state waters (shore to 3 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from Brevard through Palm Beach counties starting Tuesday, August 14.
This closure started Aug. 10 and ended early because efforts to remove lost and abandoned traps in this region have been completed.
The previously scheduled Aug. 20-29 closure for Nassau through Volusia counties has also been cancelled.
These 10-day trap closures give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.
Lost and abandoned blue crab traps are a problem in the blue crab fishery because they can continue to trap crabs and fish when left in the water. They can also damage sensitive habitats and pose navigational hazards to boaters on the water.
These closures are two of three regional, 10-day, blue crab trap closures that occur in 2018. There are six regional closures total: three in odd-numbered years on the west coast and three in even-numbered years on the east coast.
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