MDMR announces crab trap gear closure

MDMR announces crab trap gear closure

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources recently announced they will be conducting a crab trap gear closure for recreational and commercial crab fishermen.

From April 5 - 11, crabbers must remove all traps from waters south of Interstate 10, out to 100 feet from the main shoreline.

MDMR stated that, "The closure areas include any river, bayou, creek, canal, stream, tributary, lake, bay, inlet, channel or other water source entering areas defined as salt waters under the jurisdiction of the MDMR."

Crab traps located April 12 - 14 will be removed by MDMR's Blue Crab Restoration Program. The program is funded with disaster funds received in 2014 for damages to a crab fishery during the 2011 opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway.

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