lobster trap


Definition of lobster trap

: a usually rectangular wooden or metal cage that is baited and placed on the sea bottom and that has a funnel-shaped net used to trap lobsters — see also lobster pot

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Though the world didn’t beat a path to his door in Northbridge, Mass., Mr. Knott eventually persuaded most manufacturers of lobster traps to use his product—plastic-coated wire mesh—rather than wood to make their devices. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "James Knott Pioneered Modern Lobster Traps and Fended Off the EPA," 24 Aug. 2018 While there is definitely a lot of old money parked in the island’s clifftop estates, this is still very much a place where locals greet each other by first name, where fisherman sail out before sunrise to pull up their lobster traps. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Maine Island Might Be the Most Beautiful Spot in New England," 22 Aug. 2018 Preorder a picnic or get a full clambake delivered complete with lobster trap tables, torches, and an enclosed fire pit from The Kitchen Porch. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "This Martha’s Vineyard Town Is Like the Hamptons Without the Crowds," 13 Aug. 2018 As Canada’s presence increased in the area, Mr. Drouin said, so did Canadian fishing patrol boats, watching Americans operate their lobster traps. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Border Patrol Stops Canadian Fishermen in Disputed Waters Off Maine," 6 July 2018 Jim Knott, chief executive officer of Riverdale Mills Corp. in Northbridge, Massachusetts, says his company supplies 85 percent of the North American market for the wire mesh that covers lobster traps. Andrew Mayeda, chicagotribune.com, "Across U.S., wary businesses gird for a Trump trade war," 18 June 2018 Problem was, that line would also break under the weight of a dozen lobster traps. Kathryn Miles, BostonGlobe.com, "Can anyone save the North Atlantic right whale?," 11 Apr. 2018 Six auctioneers banter and dicker their way through rows of antique plows, hand crank Maytags, saddlery and a few lobster traps. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "Dinky's Auction becomes a giant enterprise in the heart of Indiana Amish country once again," 17 Mar. 2018 In high-traffic areas, boaters have the tendency to cut their buoys, which can be attached to gill nets or lobster traps. Melanie Bencosme, NBC News, "Ghost gear clogging world’s oceans is having ‘catastrophic’ effect, report says," 10 Mar. 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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