January Blue Crab Trap Closure Cancelled Due to Lack of Derelict Traps in the Panhandle

By  //  December 28, 2018

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Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may remain in the water during this period

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has canceled the blue crab trap closure previously scheduled for Jan. 5-14, 2019, for all waters from Escambia through Franklin counties. (FWC image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has canceled the blue crab trap closure previously scheduled for Jan. 5-14, 2019, for all waters from Escambia through Franklin counties.

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may remain in the water during this period.

This cancellation is due to reports of a lack of derelict traps in the Panhandle as well as impacts to the region from Hurricane Michael.

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.

For more on recreational and commercial blue crab regulations and trap closures, visit MyFWC.com/Marine.

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