Lt. John Wimsatt: (603) 271-3361
Liza Poinier: 603-271-3211
August 24, 2009
Leave Washed-up Lobster Gear Alone, Say Conservation Officers
DURHAM, N.H. - The heavy storm surge from Hurricane Bill has washed up dozens of lobster traps and related fishing gear along New Hampshire's coastline. Fish and Game Conservation Officers remind the public that state law prohibits any person other than the owner to take, carry away, possess or tamper with lobster traps, buoys, lines and related gear.
Officers have been busy fielding calls from the public and notifying lobstermen as to the whereabouts of washed-up gear. It will take several days for all of the gear to be located and collected.
In some instances, traps may contain live lobsters. If you find a lobster trap containing lobsters, please do not disturb; call the NH Fish and Game Department Dispatch Center at (603) 271-3361. A conservation officer will be notified.