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Blue crab trap area closure set to end

News Release

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Media contact: Aaron Podey, 850-487-0554

The harvest of blue crabs from traps in all waters of Broward through Pasco counties will reopen on July 20. The use of traps to capture blue crabs was prohibited in this area for a 10-day period so that lost and abandoned traps that remained in coastal and inland waters could be identified and removed.

Six regional 10-day blue crab trap closures take place in Florida at different times over two-year periods, including a 10-day closure that begins on July 20 in the waters of Hernando through Wakulla counties, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and its bay.

For more information on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's trap-retrieval program, blue crab trap closure dates, regulations and how you can participate in cleanup events, go to and click on "Saltwater."

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