Abandoned Crab Trap Program

Sab RatIn 2017 San Antonio Bay Partnership (SABP) began participating Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program to help clean the bays of abandoned crab traps. Now, each February during the crabbing closure period, SABP organizes the volunteer efforts in and around Espiritu Santo and San Antonio Bays and we work with partnering organizations to clean up surrounding bay systems too, including:

With the help of donating organizations and grants, SABP provides supplies, training and an after party. On the first Friday of the closure period, weather permitting, a reconnaissance plane flies the bays with a volunteer who marks the location of abandoned crab traps in a phone app. Our boat volunteers are assigned to cover specific areas and use the Collector app to see the location of traps marked by aerial recon and to mark all the traps they remove. Trap owner information and entrapped critters are recorded. Analysis of this data has helped to inform us about the reasons for trap dereliction and potential solutions.

2022 Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Results

Past Years


NOAA Marine Debris Program, Project 2118

How To’s – Abandoned Crab Trap Removal

Crab Trap Pickup Procedures

Training Videos 

Tips & Tricks of Abandoned Crab Trap Removal

How to Download the Collector App*

How to Create an Offline Area Map in the Collector App*

How to Mark a Crab Trap in the Collector App*

*Note: Videos show 2021 maps but each year the Collector app is updated with new maps.