I’m not claiming to know anything about this scenario. But, I wanted to share what I heard on Let’s Talk Hookup on opening weekend. The on-air lobster expert indicated that any hoop that is left in the water over two hours is considered abandoned and can be claimed by any person who comes across the hoop. I’m not saying that was the case here, but could that have been possible?
This is the language from the regulations about raising the hoop every two hours: “Hoop netters are required to raise the net to the surface and inspect the contents of the net at least every two hours.”