It is time again for the annual round-up of abandoned crab traps in Galveston Bay.

Between Friday and Feb. 24, Texas coastal waters will be closed to crabbing, with wire mesh crab traps to facilitate the annual volunteer crab trap cleanup. Any traps left in bays, including traps tied to docks will be assumed abandoned and considered “litter” under state law. This allows volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find.

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to reel.report@galvnews.com or call 409-683-5273.

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