Midcoast Maine: Tensions rise with acts of vandalism within the lobster fishing community

me_maine_marine_patrolCol. Jonathan Cornish, head of , said last week that with 30 registered complaints statewide of trap molestation this year, the number of incidents of territorial disputes are about average for the season. The statewide total, eight of which were from the Tenants Harbor area, is the same as in the past few years, he said. Cornish added, however, the agency has seen a spike in complaints statewide during the past two weeks. Complaints typically rise during the peak harvesting months of September and October, he said, when lobstermen shift their traps to where they are seeing their best catches or to move further out from shore to coincide with the migration of the lobsters as the waters close to shore cool down. The marine patrol chief said there have been complaints received in the midcoast of traps being cut since the latest boat sinking. Read the story here 15:38