It takes a village to protect and preserve our state’s environment
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) coastal team is constantly out and about lending a hand to help protect and preserve the Texas environment. While our coastal team may be well known for helping remove things like oil, abandoned vessels and boat trailers, and dangerous loose buoys afloat, they also jump in on smaller projects, like abandoned objects posing threat to our sea.
This past month, the GLO’s Upper Coast Field operations staff answered Texas Parks and Wildlife’s (TPWD) call for assistance in removing abandoned crab traps. The team didn’t hesitate to buckle down and get their hands wet.
For almost 2 decades, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has been hosting their annual abandoned crab trap removal program to help clear our coast from left behind crab traps. Just as the GLO’s Adopt-A-Beach program needs volunteers to hold a successful clean up, TPWD also asks for volunteers each year to ensure all crab traps are safely and successfully removed from our waters.
As part of Parks and Wildlife’s annual abandoned crab trap removal program, drop off sites are conveniently located for volunteers to dispose of their traps. It is crucial that these traps are disposed of properly, creating safer and cleaner waters for all Texans to enjoy.
The GLO is grateful to TPWD for the work they are doing in ensuring our Texas coast remains pristine and is proud to jump on board and offer help. Since the program began, 36,000 of these crab traps have been hauled off and disposed of in efforts to preserve our great state.
Great work Upper Coast team!