A lobsterboat and trawler ply the waters at sunrise on Frenchman Bay. Photo by Joe Devenney

Bangor Daily News: A nautical “no man’s land” off the coast of Washington County [Maine] sees Down East and Canadian lobstermen pulling traps side-by-side in waters that have been the focus of an on-again, off-again territorial dispute that dates to 1621.

Nearly 70 square miles of the Gulf of Maine that surround the treeless, 20-acre Machias Seal Island are claimed by both the U.S. and Canada. The so-called “gray zone” encompasses waters where lobster fishermen from both countries set traps, despite the fact that Maine and Atlantic Canada lobstering regulations differ significantly.

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