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Blue crab trap area closure set to end

News Release

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Media contact: Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554

The harvest of blue crabs from traps in all waters of the St. Johns River system will reopen on Jan. 26. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) prohibited the use of traps to capture blue crabs for a 10-day period in this area so that lost and abandoned traps that remained in these 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.

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 (click on "Fishing - Saltwater"). You can also contact FWC's trap-retrieval coordinator, Kyle Miller, at 850-487-0554.

FWC Facts:
Blue crabs have specially modified back legs, called swimmerets, which rotate at 20-40 revolutions per minute, allowing the crab to quickly swim through the water.

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