NH Lobster Trap, Fishing Gear Cleanup Set for April 29

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, commercial fishermen and volunteers will be roaming the New Hampshire shoreline to collect lobster traps and other derelict fishing gear that winter storms have washed ashore.

All individuals with a lobster trap license of any kind are invited to participate in the trap cleanup. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. on April 29 in both Rye Harbor and the Hampton Harbor State Marina.

This year’s trap cleanup effort is a partnership between the New Hampshire Commercial Fishermen’s Association, the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, the New Hampshire Division of Ports & Harbors, and Hampton Public Works Department, as well as New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the Great Bay Stewards who are proving funding for disposal of the gear.

This is the 24th year for the coastal trap cleanup. Last year, more than 50 commercial fishermen helped clean up more than 7 tons of lobster traps and fishing gear during the annual cleanup effort.

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 and Game Conservation Officer from possessing or moving them.