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Maine Lawmakers to Discuss Lobster Trap Issue 

A Maine seaside dock without a pile of lobster traps is like chowder without clams. For more than four years, a lobsterman from South Bristol fought a battle with state regulators to get the OK to stack his traps on his dock. State officials finally relented and said David Rice could store his traps on his pier. The Department of Environmental Protection had ruled that it was OK for Rice to build a pier, but not put traps on it because the shade they cast would harm marine plants. Now a bill is working its way through the Maine Legislature to make sure no rules come along in the future to bar lobster traps from piers, something that’s considered an iconic Maine image. (AP)