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50 year old bombs shut down Maine lobster traps
Maine Lobstermen are not happy after the Coast Guard shut down lobstering off an island that the Navy practice bombed for decades.
Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 10:45 AM
It's good to be a lobster living around Maine's Seal Island right now. The Coast Guard just closed down the waters around the island after finding unexploded bombs left over from Navy bombing training exercises in the 40's, 50's, and 60's.
is a 65 acres island that was given to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Navy back in '72 and is closed to the public. The order banning lobster fishing is temporary, the Coast Guard will review the measure after taking comments from the public through December 7th.
Lobstermen are not happy about the rule preventing them from dropping traps from the shore to the 60 foot depth zone. They argue that they've been fishing there for years without blowing themselves up and I'm sure will be flooding the Coast Guard with comments.
In the meantime however, the lobster off Seal Island will be enjoying days free of the risk of being captured and tossed into a pot of boiling water.
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