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CCA Mid Coast Crab Trap Cleanup Success

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On: Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 10:37AM | By: CCA

Despite a triple threat of tropical weather posed by systems stacked up off the coast of Florida, dozens of volunteers from around Central Florida turned out to participate in the CCA Mid Coast Crab Trap and Waterway Cleanup in Ponce Inlet. The cleanup was made possible due to a grant from the BoatU.S. Foundation. The event also had support from local sponsors Hell’s Bay Boatworks, Costa, Bass Pro Orlando, Halifax Wrecking and Demolition Company,, K&S Printing, and Down the Hatch Seafood Restaurant.

The cleanup, led by CCA Mid Coast Cleanup Chairwoman Debbie McNerney, targeted both abandoned, "ghost" crab traps, and any trash or debris fouling our waterways. These traps continue to catch and kill crabs and other marine life as long as they are in the water, as evidenced by the many traps that were retrieved with dead crabs and other animals in them. Second, as anyone who has spent an hour or two unwinding yards of chicken wire out of their prop can tell you, these traps also pose a threat to navigation. Many of the traps recovered had no marker buoys attached and several had obviously been hit by a propeller.

In addition to the benefit of removing this trash from Florida waters, a research team from the University of Central Florida was on hand to collect data on invasive species attached to marine debris. The team, led by Dr. Linda Walters, was able to identify three invasive species in their study. This data will extend their knowledge and understanding of these species and the threat they pose to native species.

At the end of the day, with the efforts of all of the volunteers, we were able to remove many abandoned traps from our waters, as well as a dumpster full of trash!


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