Watching the Traps
NH’s fishing industry dates back 400 years to the early 1600’s. Although lobster fishing had been part of this industry, it began to experience significant growth following the invention of the lobster trap in 1808 by Ebenezer Thorndike of Swampscott, MA. Lobster fishing in NH now represents 70% of the economic value of the state’s commercial catch. With only 18 miles of coast, NH is limited to 3% of the total catch weight for Northern New England. Massachusetts and Maine account for 64% and 33%, respectively.