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Blue crab trap area closure set to end

News Release

Friday, January 14, 2011

Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

The harvest of blue crabs from traps in all waters of Franklin County west to the Florida-Alabama border will reopen on Jan. 15. The use of traps to capture blue crabs was prohibited for a 10-day period in this area so that lost and abandoned traps that remained in coastal and inland waters could be identified and removed.

Three regional, 10-day blue crab trap closures take place in designated areas in Florida in odd-numbered years, and three other closures occur in even-numbered years. One of these closures begins on Jan. 16 in all waters of the St. Johns River system.

More information regarding the FWC's trap-retrieval program, blue crab trap closure dates, regulations, and how you can participate in cleanup events is available online at MyFWC.com/Rules (click on "Fishing - Saltwater"). You can also contact FWC's trap retrieval coordinator Kyle Miller at 850-487-0554.



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