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I've read some articles on recovery efforts in other states to gather abandoned or otherwise lost commercial crab pots. Seems they have been a danger to Loggerheads. As well as causing other problems.

My question is in reference to lost and abandoned pots in Virginia. Are there stats on estimated # of crabs lost per year to these pots? Even after the bait has long gone, I would think shedders would take refuge in these since the pots go undisturbed.

Have there been recovery efforts here in Virginia for lost pots? And is there a honor system for commercial crabbers whereas they should report unretrievable pots for the sake of statistics?

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