US ghost gear programme launched

Derelict crab traps are offloaded for disposal after being retrieved from Chesapeake Bay

Source: K. Havens/VIMS

NOAA has made US$8 million available to a new programme to remove derelict crab and lobster pots from US coastal waters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded US$8 million in funding to a new programme to remove ghost gear from US coastal waters.

The Nationwide Fishing Trap Removal, Assessment & Protection (TRAP) programme is being run by the William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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