Derelict traps collected from Muscongus Bay

Posted May 31, 2009, at 10:52 a.m.

ROUND POND, Maine — Dozens of volunteers from across Maine joined local lobstermen in the removal of more than 200 derelict lobster traps from the shore of Bar Island in Muscongus Bay.

The Maine Island Trail Association, sponsor of the Saturday cleanup, says damaged gear that washes up on picturesque shorelines has become an intractable problem.

The organization’s Brian Marcaurelle explains that state law restricts removal of the gear so fishermen have a chance to recover their lost property.

Groundwork for the cleanup was laid last month when kayakers paddled to Bar Island to record tag numbers for the damaged traps. Marine Patrol officers posted the trap numbers at local lobster co-ops so fishermen could retrieve any traps they wanted to salvage.

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