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Rows Of Old And Abandoned Lobster Traps
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While walking through the Nautical Mile located in Freeport, New York on the south shore of Long Island. I came across these various abandoned lobster traps that were old and abandoned and had seen better days. I asked someone about them who had them sitting at his facility and he said these were the actual traps used on the trollers that would leave the fishing ports in Freeport and head out into the ocean to capture lobsters, crabs, and clams. He informed me these ones had been disregarded due to their age and condition. But they had been around for quite sometime and had seen a lot of action. I photographed these rows of old abandoned lobster traps that were broken and unusable anymore in black and white to give it that vintage aged effect of the days when they were used. A lobster trap or lobster pot is a portable trap that traps lobsters or crayfish and is used in lobster fishing. A lobster trap can hold several lobsters. Lobster traps are constructed of wire and wood. An opening permits the lobster to enter a tunnel of netting. Pots are usually constructed in two parts, called the "chamber" or �kitchen�, where there is bait, and exits into the �parlour�, where it is trapped from escape. Lobster pots are usually dropped to the sea floor about a dozen at a time, and are marked by a buoy so they can be picked up later. The trap can consist of a wooden frame surrounded by a rope mesh. The majority of the newer traps found in the Northeast of the USA and the Canadian Maritimes consist of a plastic-coated metal frame. A piece of bait, often fish or chum, is placed inside the trap, and the traps are dropped onto the sea floor. A long rope is attached to each trap, at the end of which is a plastic or styrofoam buoy that bears the owner's license number. The entrances to the traps are designed to be one-way entrances only. The traps are checked every other day by the fisherman and rebaited if necessary. One study indicated that lobster traps are very inefficient and allow almost all lobsters to escape. Automatic rebaiting improves efficiency.
June 18th, 2012
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