One million lobster traps abandoned in Long Island Sound

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  2. diamondd817

    diamondd817 Light Load Member

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    Sounds like a delicious proposition.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Abandoned lobster traps aren't as bad as abandoned gill nets.
    Abandoned gill nets are a disaster to the world oceans and Great Lakes.
     
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  4. buddyd157

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    any lobsters or any crab, or just about anything that "might be" in those traps, are most likely long dead.

    also, over the years, they would have disintegrated to a point of no use for future trapping
     
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  5. buzzarddriver

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    Well, 1 million traps divided by 20,000 removed each year is 50 years. Somebody looking for job security?
     
  6. 4wayflashers

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    Seems to me that sending divers or somehow making the traps inoperable would be a lot easier than retrieving them. Either cutting them open or sealing them shut has to be easier than pulling them to the surface now that they no longer have lines connected to them. But yeah, interviewing the old timer lobstermen and mapping likely locations is a good start and ridiculous they haven’t already done this. It’s like they want to do it in the most expensive way possible, but we all know better than that.
     
  7. buddyd157

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    not me...at my age, the traps will outlast me..>!!!!!!!!
     
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    The don't disintegrate fast in that cold water.
    Sell them to a scrap metal dealer.
     
  9. buddyd157

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    frankly, i did not read the story. where i live about 30 minutes away from a fishing seaport, i have seen stacks of lobster traps made of wood, that they are still using. the fishermen can be seen on some trips down there, making repairs to the fishing nets as well
     
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  10. RocketScott

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    Surprised this is an issue

    Crab pots on the west coast have to have rot cords on them. The whole pot doesn't need to deteriorate for it to stop trapping critters, just the rot cord
     
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