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VIMS in need of volunteers to remove derelict crab pots

The Center for Coastal Resources Management at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, is looking for volunteers to document and remove derelict blue crab pots from Virginia waters from Jan. 1 through March 14.

According to VIMS, thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in United States waters and become “derelict” traps that continue to catch fish, crabs and other species such as turtles. These traps result in losses to habitat, fisheries and the watermen who depend on the resources.

Training will be provided for volunteers. Learn more and register on the VIMS website at

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