Apr 23, 2016 10:33 PM
HAMPTON - About 60 New Hampshire commercial fisherman gathered Saturday to pull fishing nets, mangled lobster traps and ropes that washed up over the beaches this winter.
"We just try and present the thing as our responsibility to take care of what we put in the water," said Erik Anderson, president of the New Hampshire Fishermen's Association.
The coastal trap clean-up began as a way for fishermen to claim their traps that have washed ashore or get rid of the destroyed material that could cause injuries. Since winter storms are harsh, the association makes this an annual event at the beginning of spring before the beaches are flooded with people.
The amount of equipment depends on the severity of winter. Because of the mild winter, only two dumpsters were filled.
"That's what brings the gear to shore. That's where we step in to take away from where it's ended up," said Anderson.
"This bouy over here came all the way from Maine," said lobsterman Jim Titone.
Beachgoers were excited to hear about the work and grateful to be able to walk along a clean beach.
"I think that's awesome. I'm very proud of people who volunteer and do that type of work to keep the environment clean," said Carolina Olinger from Manchester. "It's so much nicer."
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