AUGUSTA – Four Maine lobstermen are facing numerous charges — including tampering with lobster gear.
According to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, 56-year-old Walter Foster and 21-year-old Nicholas Jennings, both of Castine, and 22-year-old Nicholas Wood and 25-year-old Samuel Stearns all were charged with a variety of commercial fishing violations following a weeks-long investigation.
The investigation started after a complaint from a Stockton Springs lobsterman, who reported his trap lines were being cut.
The four men were each charged with molesting lobster gear, which carries a $2,000 fine and up to a year in prison if convicted.
State law also requires anyone convicted of tampering with lobster gear to pay the victim twice the value of the damaged gear, which would be more than $7,000.