What: Volunteers will be searching for and removing “derelict” crab traps and trap debris from the waters of Biscayne Bay south of Black Point.
Why: Lost and abandoned traps and trap debris cause significant damage to the marine environment. In addition to scouring the bottom and destroying seagrass, sponges, etc., unattended traps can still entrap marine life and may continue to “ghost fish” for years. Trapline and floats litter the mangrove shoreline and can entangle and eventually kill marine flora and fauna Read the Miami Herald article “Something’s haunting Biscayne Bay: ghost traps”
When: Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 8 a.m. until noon or when you’ve had enough.
Where: Black Point at Shrimpers Row (We’ll let you know exactly where well before the event)
How: Teams will be seeking out abandoned traps and trap debris and removing them from the water for disposal. Any bycatch (crabs, fish, etc.) in the traps will be set free. Data about the traps, such as their location and what’s inside them, will also be collected.
What To Bring:
All the usual stuff for a day on the water including:
Other stuff that will come in handy:
We are currently at capacity for volunteers, but if you are interested in volunteering at future events please join our mailing list.
305. 665.4769 OR Jessica@southfloridaparks.org
Note: For this cleanup event we are removing traps under authorization of FWC. Please be aware that it is considered to be a serious offense to tamper with traps without FWC’s approval. We don’t want to encourage anyone to remove traps on their own or outside of an officially organized cleanup effort permitted by FWC. Thank you!