The Center for Coastal Resource Management is seeking volunteers to help remove derelict crab pots during the annual Crab Trap App project from December 15 – March 16, 2022. According to a recent VIMS study, “ghost” crab pots are the most common type of derelict fishing gear in Chesapeake Bay when they are lost to storms, vandalism, or abandonment and when boat propellers cut the buoy lines. Volunteers are needed to help remove these lost crab pots while the commercial season is closed. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must agree to comply with data collection protocols working from their own boats or along the shoreline.
Volunteer participants must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Register with an email address
- Comply with data collection protocols
- Watch a training video
- Waive all parties from liability