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Maine Lobsterman Faces Suspension for Illegal Use of Traps



    Maine Lobsterman Faces Suspension for Illegal Use of Traps
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    HELGOLAND, GERMANY - AUGUST 03: A volunteer with the Helgoland Biological Institute (Biologische Anstalt Helgoland), part of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, tosses an adult female European lobster (Homarus gammarus) into the North Sea before also releasing baby lobsters on August 3, 2013 off the coast of Helgoland Island, Germany. Scientists released a total of 415 one-year old lobsters as part of an effort to repopulate the lobster population around Helgoland (also called Heligoland). In the 19th century local fishermen caught up to 80,000 lobsters a year in the surrounding waters, combined with the heavy allied bombing of the island during and after World War II, as well as other environmental factors, decimated the lobster population. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    A Maine lobsterman faces possible fines and a license suspension after state authorities charged him with lobster harvesting violations.

    The Maine Marine Patrol is charging Benjamin Weed, of Stonington, Maine, with fishing with untagged lobster traps, fishing more than 49 percent of his allotted traps in a limited entry zone and fishing 287 traps without tags declaring the zones he was licensed to fish.

    He also faces three violations of regulations designed to protect whales.

    State authorities say Weed faces fines of up to $17,250. He is authorized to fish 800 traps which, by law, must mostly be located in a lobster zone stretching from Cape Rosier to Newberry Neck.

    A reporter's call to a phone number listed as belonging to Weed was not returned. 

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