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March 19, 2019

DURHAM, NH — If you’re out enjoying New Hampshire’s coastal beaches on Saturday, April 6, you may see more activity than usual. Commercial fishermen and volunteers will be busy that day collecting lobster traps and other fishing gear that winter storms have washed up on the shoreline.

All individuals with a lobster trap license of any type are invited to participate in the trap cleanup. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. on April 6 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 the Hampton Public Works Department.

2019 celebrates the 26th year that volunteers and the commercial fishing community have aligned in support of the coastal trap cleanup. During last year’s cleanup, more than 60 commercial fishermen helped clean up 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 and Game Conservation Officer from possessing or moving them. To learn more about lobster harvesting, visit