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Battles over lobster lead to boat sinkings in Maine

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Battles over lobster lead to boat sinkings in Maine

The sinking of two lobster boats is rekindling memories of hostilities among U.S. lobstermen two years ago that led to a near-fatal shooting, boats being sunk and a barrage of lobster trap vandalism along Maine’s lobster-rich coast.

Someone this week sabotaged two lobster boats, allowing them to drift free and flood with water before washing ashore in this postcard-pretty harbor on the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern United States. The dispute has shone a light on the unwritten rules of the sea, where fishermen often take matters into their own hands to settle grudges.

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