A private, nonprofit organization is offering an $11,000 reward for any information about a large-scale lobster theft case near Jeffery's Ledge in the Gulf of Maine.

Maine Operation Game Thief is offering the reward following an investigation by the Maine Marine Patrol that found 200 lobster traps were hauled by someone other than their respective license holders, subsequently raided of their catch and then lowered to the ocean floor, according to a statement from Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols.

According to the Associated Press, Maine Marine Patrol Colonel Jon Cornish said the theft is considered a civil violation and the responsible parties face the possibility of restitution or a fine.

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