Annual NH Lobster Trap Cleanup This Saturday

The annual New Hampshire lobster trap cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Commercial fishermen and volunteers will be out collecting lobster traps and other fishing gear that winter storms have washed up on the beaches and shoreline of New Hampshire.

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

This year’s trap cleanup effort is a partnership among 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. The New Hampshire Sea Grant is providing funding for disposal of the gear.

This is the 25th year for the coastal trap cleanup. During last year’s cleanup, more than 60 commercial fishermen helped remove more than 13 tons of lobster traps and fishing gear.

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