How to grab a 'ghost'

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Sternman Zach Drehobl, left, and Capt. Jim Barclay of the F/V Lorelei haul a lobster trap lost in 2007 on Tuesday morning as part of a “Gear Grab” sponsored by the nonprofit Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation on Harpswell Sound. The project provides grant funding to lobstermen who volunteer to recover some of the thousands of pounds of lost lobstering gear, or “ghost gear,” that litters the sea floor. The two-day event allowed fishermen to clean up places they knew the gear has accumulated. “I didn’t even use the fish finder. I just knew where that one was. I was snagging it all last year,” Barclay said of a snarl of 18 traps he hauled.

Sternman Zach Drehobl of the F/V Lorelei checks the date of the registration tag from a recovered lobster trap originally lost in 2007 on Tuesday morning as part of ‘Gear Grab’ sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation on Harpswell Sound.

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