BE SAFE Inc. joins forces with Tampa Bay Watch July 15 to gather derelict crab traps from Tampa Bay area waters.
Boating Education, Search and Rescue, and Friends of the Environment Inc. (BE SAFE Inc.) recently volunteered to work with Tampa Bay Watch to remove derelict crab traps from Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico.
On July 15, BE SAFE Inc. offered three of their members’ boats and crew to pull derelict blue claw and stone crab traps from the local waters. Tampa Bay Watch sought volunteers to help during the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 10-day regional closure of blue crab fishing. Along with other volunteers, the BE SAFE Inc. members collected 68 traps for disposal on trailers staged at Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp.
Participating in this dirty, tough undertaking were Manny Sosa and his boat M&M, Ed Kasper and his boat Ghost, and Karen Miller and her boat Broad on the Bow. They were joined by other BE SAFE Inc. members, including Kathy and Mike Lloyd, Ann Bennett and Scott Signorini.
BE SAFE Inc. endeavors to help save people from the sea and help save the sea from people. The organization is always looking to encourage local residents to help BE SAFE Inc. complete its missions, whether they are current boaters or not.
It is estimated that there are hundreds of derelict crab traps that have been accumulating for decades in Tampa Bay. Each year, Tampa Bay Watch performs surveys to identify derelict traps and conducts clean-ups to remove them. Having conducted 35 crab trap removals since May 2004, Tampa Bay Watch has successfully removed 1,659 traps from the waters of Tampa Bay.