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Affordable Care Act health insurance signup next month

Open enrollment for 2017 starts on November 1st and goes through January 31st, 2017. If you want to buy individual or family health insurance for 2017, now is a great time to start your planning. The 2017 Marketplace for Maine offers plans from three health insurance carriers, all of which provide coverage at hospitals and from health care providers across the state: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Community Health Options, and Harvard Pilgrim. Mainers are able to select from 33 plans for the 2017 coverage year. As in recent years, consumers will be able to browse plans within the Marketplace and compare levels of coverage before choosing a plan. The health care plans are categorized as Bronze, Silver, and Gold; in addition there are catastrophic plans for those under 30.

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Lobster Leadership Institute returns next year

In May 2014, the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance (MLCA), the nonprofit sister organization to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA), conducted its first Maine Lobster Leadership Institute. The idea behind the Institute was simple: give young lobstermen and women the tools they need and encourage them to step into positions of leadership in an industry dominated by those over 50. The twelve men and women who took part in the first Institute spent one week learning about the management, science, and marketing of lobster before traveling to Prince Edward Island to see for themselves how lobstermen to the north operate. Now it is time to do it again.

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MLA Update: September 2016

DMR hearings on Statewide Double Tagging, changes to Swans Island conservation area
The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has scheduled four public hearings to take comments on proposed rules to require 1) the use of second zone lobster trap tags statewide; 2) the removal of the registration period for the Swans Island Lobster Conservation area; 3) a change in the maximum allowable number of lobster trap tags for the Swans Island Lobster Conservation Area from 475 to 600 traps (for consistency with a previous law change); and 4) the creation of an island limited entry program for Swans Island.

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ASFMC 75th Annual Meeting @ Harborside Hotel
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm

Please follow the link above to find out about live streaming, participation guidelines, schedule and agenda. asfmc

Shellfish Advisory Committee Meeting @ Ellsworth City Hall
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Follow the link above for more information about the Shellfish Advisory Council, previous minutes and the opportunity to sign up for email reminders.

North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
Nov 2 @ 9:00 am – Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm

The Annual Meeting agenda each year includes the Business Meeting. During this meeting, vacant Board positions are filled, the membership hears updates from various management teams, and discussions about the role the Consortium as an entity does and can play in right whale conservation and management take place.

In addition to the Business Meeting, two days of research, management, conservation, and education presentations (both oral and poster) are planned. Attendance of NARWC members at the meeting is encouraged and there is not a requirement to present to attend.

PLEASE NOTE! Given increasing interest in presenting at the annual meeting, we will once again hold an abstract review and selection process for the 2016 Annual Meeting. This review will be carried out by the Consortium Board.


Follow the link above for more information on directions, agenda, registration and places to stay.nerwc

MLA Board meeting @ Darby's Restaurant
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

logoFor more information, please call the MLA at 207-967-4555.

Enrollment Event @ Rockland Public Library
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Alisha is available for enrollment appointments only, no walk-ins, please.

To schedule an appointment, call the MLA office at 967-4555, or email


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