DURHAM, NH — If you’re out for a walk on New Hampshire’s beaches on Saturday, April 21, 2018, you may see more activity than usual. Commercial fishermen and volunteers will be out that day collecting lobster traps and other fishing gear that winter storms have washed up on the beaches and shoreline.
All individuals with a lobster trap license of any kind are invited to participate in the trap cleanup. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. on April 21 in both Rye Harbor and the Hampton Harbor State Marina.
This year’s trap cleanup effort is a partnership among the New Hampshire Commercial Fishermen’s Association, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the New Hampshire Division of Ports and Harbors, and Hampton Public Works Department. The New Hampshire Sea Grant is providing funding for disposal of the gear.
This is the 25th year for the coastal trap cleanup. During last year’s cleanup, more than 60 commercial fishermen helped clean up more than 13 tons of lobster traps and fishing gear.
The general public is reminded that lobster pots and traps are private property. State law prohibits anyone but the gear owner or a NH Fish and Game Conservation Officer from possessing or moving them. To learn more about lobster harvesting, visit www.wildnh.com/marine/lobster.html.