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N.H. Coastal Lobster Trap Cleanup Set for May 12, 2012

DURHAM, N.H. -- If you're  out for a walk on New Hampshire's  beaches on Saturday, May 12, 2012, you may see more activity than usual.  Commercial fishermen and others will be out that day collecting lobster traps  and other fishing gear that winter storms have washed up on New Hampshire beaches and shoreline. This  year's trap cleanup effort is a partnership between 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, as well as the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Blue  Ocean Society and New Hampshire Sea Grant, who provide funding for the trap  disposal.

This  is the 16th year for the coastal trap cleanup. Last year, more than 50  commercial fishermen helped clean up over 10 tons of lobster traps and fishing  gear during the annual cleanup effort.

All  individuals with a lobster trap license of any kind are invited to participate  in the trap clean up. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 12, 2012, in both Rye Harbor  and the Hampton Harbor State Marina.

The  general public is reminded that lobster pots and traps are private property.  State law prohibits anyone but the gear owner or a N.H. Fish and Game  Conservation Officer from possessing or moving them. Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website:


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