December 11, 2017
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Fishermen in search of lost gear off Harpswell

The Associated Press

HARPSWELL, Maine — Lobstermen off Maine’s midcoast are out fishing — for lost lobster traps, buoys and other lost gear.

The Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation is hosting a two-day recovery effort Monday and Tuesday in the waters off Harpswell, where fishermen are volunteering their time and boats to grapple for lost gear and bring it ashore to be disposed of and recycled.

Ghost gear — traps, fishing nets and other fishing gear lost to storms, boats and the like — can cause problems for navigation and for harvesting lobsters and other seafood from the state’s cold waters.

The effort is a continuation of a two-year ghost gear program that launched last year.


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