Midcoast lobsterman charged with exceeding 800-trap limit

dmr_logoA local lobsterman from the local village of Spruce Head has been charged with using more traps than state law allows, according to state officials. The Maine Department of Marine Resource issued a news release Monday morning indicating that Bruce Tarbox, 52, is accused of fishing 956 traps, which is 156 more than the 800-trap limit. Tarbox is facing civil charges of fishing traps in excess of the authorized limit, which is punishable by a fine between $100 and $500, and fishing lobster traps marked with identification tags not registered to his vessel, which has a minimum potential fine of $100. He also faces a possible suspension of his lobster-fishing license. Tarbox’s son, 23-year-old Samuel Tarbox of Spruce Head, also has been charged with with fishing lobster traps that contain tags not registered to his vessel, according to DMR. Like his father, Samuel Tarbox faces minimum possible fine of $100 and a potential suspension of his fishing license. Read the rest here 12:31