SeacoastOnline: It’s been a harsh winter with many storms ravaging the Seacoast.

More than 75 fishermen from Seabrook to Portsmouth and about a dozen community volunteers on Saturday [April 26] converged on the beaches of Rye and Hampton to clean up nearly 35 tons of lobster traps and fishing gear.

“We started at low tide about 7:30 (Saturday morning),” said Eric Anderson, president of the New Hampshire Commercial Fishermen’s Association. “The cleanup went along quickly with the nice weather. There was a lot more debris this year.”

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