A local lobsterman from the local village of Spruce Head has been charged with using more traps than state law allows, according to state officials.

The Maine Department of Marine Resource issued a news release Monday morning indicating that Brian Tarbox, 52, is accused of fishing 956 traps, which is 156 more than the 800-trap limit.

Tarbox is facing civil charges of fishing traps in excess of the authorized limit, which is punishable by a fine between $100 and $500, and fishing lobster traps marked with identification tags not registered to his vessel, which has a minimum potential fine of $100. He also faces a possible suspension of his lobster-fishing license.

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