The crabbing closure period is Friday Feb 19 to Feb 28, 2021. Help is needed throughout the closure, but Saturday Feb 20 will be the main mobilization day, with Saturday Feb 27 its bad weather backup. Please save the dates on your calendars.
Volunteers are needed out of Palacios, Port Lavaca, Indianola, Port O’Connor, Seadrift, Austwell, and Rockport. Again, a celebratory party in POC on Sat Feb 20 is planned.
Funding for this year’s effort is provided by a NOAA Marine Debris Removal grant. These funds will allow engagement of commercial crabbers to address root causes of trap dereliction. As in 2020, each boat is requested to use a free cell-phoned based app to mark location of each trap removed. This data is essential to reducing trap dereliction and is required by the grant. Signup is required and training will be available.
Details of current operational plan available at https://www.sabaypartnership.org/
Contact Allan firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-829-2852 for assisting out of Port O’Connor, Charlie’s, Seadrift, or Austwell
Contac Janet - Lavaca Bay Foundation email@example.com or 361-920-0818 for assisting out of Port Lavaca
Contact Bill - Matagorda Bay Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-781-2171 for assisting out of Palacios
Contact Katie – Mission Aransas NERR email@example.com or 361-749-3106 for assisting out of Rockport
Planning is in progress—details to be finalized after the holidays. Thank you for your help!