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St. Johns River crab trap closure approaching

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions says the closures are needed because lost and abandoned blue crab traps tend to cause problems for the ecosystem.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions says the closures are needed because lost and abandoned blue crab traps tend to cause problems for the ecosystem.
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Updated: 1/11 1:24 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- All blue crab traps in the St. Johns River basin must be removed from the river by Thursday so that agencies can identify and retrieve lost and abandoned traps from area waterways.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions says the closure is needed because lost and abandoned blue crab traps tend to cause problems for the ecosystem.

The river is scheduled to reopen to trappers on Jan 26 but the opening date could change based on the amount of time it takes officials to collect all of the abandoned traps. 

The closure is one of three periods that will take place this year that will affect trappers on Florida's Atlantic coast.

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