Nev. bill introduced to prevent theft of commercial crayfish traps |

Nev. bill introduced to prevent theft of commercial crayfish traps

A bill was introduced in the Nevada Assembly Monday that would prohibit a person from stealing a lawfully placed trap used in the commercial harvest of crayfish or other of the state’s aquatic denizens.

The bill, AB 452, is based on Louisiana’s anti-poaching laws and beefs up the penalties for trap theft, Tahoe Lobster Co. Owner Fred Jackson said. Under the proposed law, crawfish crooks could face time in prison, according to Jackson.

Jackson, who launched the first commercial crayfish harvesting company in Lake Tahoe last year, first reported about 80 traps stolen in late 2012.

Just two weeks ago, another 10 traps disappeared, he said.

“I think (the bill is) a good thing. We’re going to have a lot more people on the lake this summer and hopefully this will go through,” Jackson said.

There was no upcoming hearing scheduled for AB 452 as of Tuesday.

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