The bayous around Cocodrie are usually packed with fishermen and boats trying to land a big catch. Unfortunately, one of the downsides to that many fishermen being in the same area is the littering of the bayou floor with abandoned traps.

This happens more than most would think.

Luckily. the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and their program called the Fisheries Derelict Crab Trap Removal project are trying to help the clean-up of this issue. Along with the LSU AgCenter, the groups got together in late march and removed more than 740 traps from the waters in the Terrbonne area alone.

Volunteers combed the marshes and bayous in the parish in the attempt to haul away the abandoned traps that can be hazardous to wildlife.

That doesn't include the more than 2,700 traps that were taken from the waters in the surrounding areas as well including St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.