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Lobster fishing
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A traditional Maine lobster boat, used to haul and maintain the lobster traps.Lobster fishing is the commercial or recreational harvesting of marine lobsters or spiny lobsters. This is a major marine industry in the state of Maine, as well as other northeastern ports.

Maine lobstermen fish for the American lobster, scientifically referred to as Homarus americanus. In Maine, lobsters can only be legally caught in lobster traps, also called pots. These traps are either rectangular-shaped or half cylinders and were once made from oak, but are now primarily made from wire mesh covered with a thick layer of plastic to reduce oxidation of the metal. Lobster traps are connected to the buoy with rope, known locally as pot warp. Sometimes there is a float called a toggle tied between the trap and the buoy to keep the rope tight so as to reduce the possibility of the rope wrapping around rocks on the bottom and becoming stuck. New laws are in the works to try and protect whales by making float "rope" used on the bottom on the lines (to protect the trap from becoming stuck and trapped on bottom, imprisoning large lobsters) illegal, there is little evidence that this law will protect whales only hurt fisherman since the majority of dead whales found in the ocean have been killed by being run over by large tankers like oil barges [citation needed].

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  • Copyright: Tom O'Donnell (gunbud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • Genre: Places
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  • Date Taken: 2007-06-29
  • Categories: Nature
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 4:24
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