Traps 2 Treasure

This innovative program incentivizes the removal of unwanted, trash, and ghost lobster traps from dooryards, wharves, shorelines, and the water. Each trap earns its donor a $2 tax deduction. Your dooryard might be a vacation fund!


We crush the traps with our specially designed trap-crusher, reducing their physical volume to prepare them for either efficient landfilling or, in the best cases, for use in landscaping or construction applications. 

Our processing site is near the transfer station at the end of Walters Road in Gouldsboro, Maine. 

Wishlist: Looking for trucks and trailers, a fork lift, work sheds, tools for dismantling traps (things that crush and cut, gloves for volunteers and students), and operational funds. Click here if you would like to fulfill one of these needs. 


OceansWide's programs give students a unique, hands-on experience with guidance from educators, research scientists, archeologists, and historians. With an opportunity to get a first hand look into the past, present, and future of the Gulf of Maine, we help young people become aware of the treasures they stand to inherit and the importance of protecting them. Read more.

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