BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - More than 2,500 derelict crab traps were removed from Mississippi waterways during the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources' Blue Crab Restoration Program.
The abandoned crab traps were taken from the Mississippi Sound and waterways and marshes in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties.
Fifty-three fishermen took part in the two day program took place from April 12 to 14. The 2,530 traps were then recycled at a scrap-metal facility.
Since 2000, crab fishermen have helped the DMR remove more than 21,500 abandoned crab traps from area waterways. The DMR's derelict crab trap removal program was the first on the Gulf of Mexico. It has won several EPA Guardian of the Gulf awards for its ongoing success.
The crab fishermen were paid with disaster funds received in 2014 for damage caused by the 2011 opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.