Lobster Traps and Tourists
Maine and lobster go together like peanut butter and jelly, or as Forrest Gump would say, ”peas and carrots.” Each year Maine lobstermen haul in an excess of 100 million pounds of the tasty crustacean. That’s a pretty impressive number when you consider that lobster was initially considered a peasant food and was one of the staple meals fed to prisoners. Every lobsterman in the state has a unique color scheme for their buoys and every trap has a unique tag. The scheme is unique within the state, but may not be unique between states.
Throughout the year, but particularly during the winter months, you may notice lobster buoys or lobster traps washed up on the beach. It is illegal to remove them from the beach and keep them as souvenirs. All buoys and traps are the property of the lobsterman, and with traps costing about $100 apiece you can understand why they’d like to opportunity to retrieve them themselves. If you’d like to help out, you can report the tag number to the Maine Department of Marine Resources and they will pass along the information to the lobsterman. Maine is a special place, so please come and enjoy the beautiful scenery and fantastic food, but be mindful of the laws and be courteous to all the men and women who earn a living by way of lobstering.