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Coral Zones Moving Fast

Terry Stockwell, Department of Marine Resources (DMR) external affairs director and vice-chairman of the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), addressed a very interested audience at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum about the Council’s proposed Deep-Sea Coral Amendment, which would place four areas of the Gulf of Maine off-limits to fishermen. Two of those areas — Outer Schoodic Ridge and Mt. Desert Rock — are fished by Maine lobstermen.
The goal of the proposed Amendment is to protect deep-sea corals from existing and future harm from commercial fishing activities.

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Lobster Bills Progress Through Maine Legislature

The Marine Resources Committee got to work in earnest on lobster bills during March. Public hearings have been held on 13 lobster-related bills. As of March 22, one bill has been approved by the Committee and four have been rejected. Additional public hearings and work session are being scheduled weekly.
Governor LePage announced at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum that he no longer supported increases in marine license fees to fill the Department of Marine Resources’s (DMR) budget gap. The MLA had testified against the proposal before a joint meeting of the Appropriations and Finance and Marine Resources Committees in February. The DMR, therefore, has proposed to fill its budget gap by maintaining the existing marine license fee structure, but to reallocate base license fees, of which 100% currently goes to the General Fund (license fee not including existing surcharges). The DMR plans to dedicate 30% of this license fee revenue to a dedicated department account, with the remaining 70% going to the General Fund. The Marine Resources Committee accepted this proposal and sent its recommendation to the Appropriations Committee.

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Second Lobster Leadership Institute Launched in February

It was a brilliant day in early February when the participants in the second Lobster Leadership Institute gathered at Point Lookout in Northport. The fourteen men and women began their two-day exploration of lobster science, management, business and marketing with a welcome by MLA executive director Patrice McCarron. “You have made significant investments in your lobster business. You are the future of this industry. The leadership program is about giving you the tools you need to guide this industry into the future,” said McCarron.

The Lobster Leadership Institute began in 2014 as an effort to give younger lobstermen and women the tools they would need to become advocates for their fishery at the state, local and regional levels. The average age of a Maine lobsterman is 50-plus,” said MLA president David Cousens. “My generation is going to step down at some point. We need these younger people to take our places.

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Events

May
3
Wed
MLA Directors’ meeting @ Darby's Restaurant
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For more information including agenda or attending the meeting, please call the MLA office, 207-967-4555.

May
7
Sun
USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – So. Bristol @ Fire Department
May 7 @ 8:15 am – 5:00 pm

To help commercial fishermen meet the Federal requirement 46CFR 270 (c) , McMillan Offshore Survival Training is offering a 1 day USCG approved fishing vessel drill conductor course. Upon completion , participants will be nationally certified to conduct the required monthly on board emergency drills. 46CFR 270 states: “The master or individual in charge of each vessel must ensure that drills are conducted & instruction is given to each individual on board at least once each month. Instruction and drills must ensure that each individual is familiar with their duties and their responses to at least the following contingencies.

  • Abandoning the vessel
  • Fighting a fire in different locations on board the vessel
  • Recovering an individual from the water
  • Minimizing the affects of unintentional flooding
  • Launching survival craft and recovering lifeboats and rescue boats
  • Donning immersion suits and other wearable personal flotation devices
  • Donning a fireman’s outfit and self-contained breathing apparatus, if vessel is equipped
  • Making a voice radio distress call and using visual distress signals
  • Activating the general alarm
  • Reporting inoperative alarm systems and fire detection systems.

WHAT TO BRING: In water training takes place so participants are requested to bring their survival suits. Suits can be provided if necessary for students. This course has been designed for the swimmer and non-swimmer alike. We also encourage participants to bring any equipment that they would like to review or discuss in class. ( EPIRB’s, distress flares etc.)

Snacks and lunch included. More classes coming soon in Cutler, Vinalhaven, and Round Pond.  Please feel free to ask for a session in your area!

May
8
Mon
ASMFC Spring meeting @ The Westin Alexandria
May 8 – May 11 all-day

Preliminary Agenda

The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon at the meeting. The final agenda will include additional items and may revise the bulleted items provided below. The agenda reflects the current estimate of time required for scheduled Board meetings. The Commission may adjust this agenda in accordance with the actual duration of Board meetings. Interested parties should anticipate Boards starting earlier or later than indicated herein.Find the Preliminary Agenda HERE.

For agenda action items that have already gone out for public comment, it is the Policy Board’s intent to end the occasional practice of allowing extensive and lengthy public comments. Currently, board chairs have the discretion to decide what public comment to allow in these circumstances.

In addition, the following timeline has been established for the submission of written comment for issues for which the Commission has NOT established a specific public comment period (i.e., in response to proposed management action).

  1. Comments received 3 weeks prior to the start of a meeting week will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5:00 PM January 24, 2017 will be distributed electronically to Commissioners/Board members prior to the meeting and a limited number of copies will be provided at the meeting.
  3. Following the Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5:00 PM deadline, the commenter will be responsible for distributing the information to the management board prior to the board meeting or providing enough copies for the management board consideration at the meeting (a minimum of 50 copies).

The submitted comments must clearly indicate the commenter’s expectation from the ASMFC staff regarding distribution.  As with other public comment, it will be accepted via mail, fax, and email.

May
11
Thu
Sea State Lecture- Patriot’s Day: How the Storm of the Decade Changed Our Coast
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the fourth session of our Spring 2017 Joan M. Kelly Sea State Lecture Series, “Motion of the Ocean.”

Throughout the series, our speakers will reflect on the many ways water moves — predictably and unpredictably — and how communities respond. Our exploration continues with Senior Meteorologist/Marine Program Manager of the National Weather Service, John Cannon. Join us in May to hear his talk, “Patriot’s Day: How the Storm of the Decade Changed Our Coast.”

This is a free event open to the public. Register early; seating is limited. To register, please click the link above.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free parking is available.

May
13
Sat
USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – North Haven @ North Haven High School
May 13 @ 8:15 am – 5:00 pm

To help commercial fishermen meet the Federal requirement 46CFR 270 (c) , McMillan Offshore Survival Training is offering a 1 day USCG approved fishing vessel drill conductor course. Upon completion , participants will be nationally certified to conduct the required monthly on board emergency drills. 46CFR 270 states: “The master or individual in charge of each vessel must ensure that drills are conducted & instruction is given to each individual on board at least once each month. Instruction and drills must ensure that each individual is familiar with their duties and their responses to at least the following contingencies.

  • Abandoning the vessel
  • Fighting a fire in different locations on board the vessel
  • Recovering an individual from the water
  • Minimizing the affects of unintentional flooding
  • Launching survival craft and recovering lifeboats and rescue boats
  • Donning immersion suits and other wearable personal flotation devices
  • Donning a fireman’s outfit and self-contained breathing apparatus, if vessel is equipped
  • Making a voice radio distress call and using visual distress signals
  • Activating the general alarm
  • Reporting inoperative alarm systems and fire detection systems.

WHAT TO BRING: In water training takes place so participants are requested to bring their survival suits. Suits can be provided if necessary for students. This course has been designed for the swimmer and non-swimmer alike. We also encourage participants to bring any equipment that they would like to review or discuss in class. ( EPIRB’s, distress flares etc.)

Snacks and lunch included. More classes coming soon in Cutler, Vinalhaven, and Round Pond.  Please feel free to ask for a session in your area!

See more events here!