National TRAP Program

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The TRAP Program is a valuable network of partnerships that works across disciplines to focus on derelict trap removal in four key areas:

The Program coordinates the removal of derelict traps (blue crab, American lobster, spiny lobster, Dungeness crab, stone crab, and potentially other types of traps) nationwide and benefits NOAA Trust Resources by reducing bycatch mortality on living marine resources and by the removal of abandoned and derelict gear from their habitats.