"For the past 62 years the Maine Lobstermen’s Association has advocated for lobstermen from all parts of the Maine coast. Its longevity is due to the men and women who make up its membership. Staying strong and relevant means successfully drawing new members into the association year after year..” Read more here!

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At the MLA Board meeting in June, David Cousens announced that he plans to step down as the MLA president in 2019. By that time Cousens will have served as the MLA president for 28 years, the longest-serving president in the organization’s history.

The process of handing over the helm of the MLA has already begun. New officers were elected from the board of directors at the June meeting. Kristan Porter of Cutler will serve as vice-president, taking the position vacated by Jim Dow; John Williams of Stonington will serve as second vice-president; and Donny Young of Cushing will serve as secretary/treasurer, taking the position vacated by Arnie Gamage Jr.

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The fish everyone wants

Herring typically school in massive groups and stay deep in the water column during the daylight hours. At night they may rise closer to the surface pursuing the tiny copepods and other creatures that are their prey. In 2015 unusually large schools of herring moved along the coast in late summer. The vessels, rigged with purse seines for that area at that time, set and caught large volumes of herring and did so very quickly. While the quota for the year in Area 1A was 30,585 metric tons, the amount that could be caught during that period, called Trimester II, was approximately 20,000 metric tons.

“Both ASMFC and the NEFMC monitor where we were in terms of quota,” Cieri continued. “But there were problems in the regulators’ office last year, people out on vacation or sick.”

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Pay attention to your immersion suit

Immersion suits, also known as survival or “Gumby” suits, have been around since the 1960’s in their current form and even earlier in simpler forms. Immersion suits are the key reason why fishing fatality rates have dropped in past decades.

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Blue Drinks – Salty Conversation & Refreshing Beverages @ Cooks Lobster and Ale House
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Blue Drinks is hosted by the Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association. This informal networking event is for those working in and around the seafood and fishing industries. Please join us for some salty conversation and a refreshing beverage. No panels. No speakers. No roundtables.

Open House at Accutech Marine Propeller @ Accutech Marine Propeller, Inc.
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

We’re celebrating 15 years!

Please join us for our 15th Anniversary Open House Celebration and Sale!  There will be special discounts on Inboard and Outboard propellers and Shafts, tours of the shop and what we do, and an opportunity to meet with fellow boat owners! If you have any questions feel free to call us at 603-617-3626. We would love to see you there!accutechlogo7

ASMFC Summer Meeting @ The Westin Alexandria
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm


Maine Lobster Festival @ Harbor Park
Aug 3 – Aug 7 all-day

“Five Days of Feasting and Fun on the Fabulous Coast of Maine!”

What do you get when you mix the world’s greatest lobster cooker, 20,000 pounds of lobster, a sea goddess coronation, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, cooking contests, marine tent and MORE?!

The Maine Lobster Festival!

The Malogo-maine-lobster-festivaline Lobster Festival is a nonprofit organization and proceeds are returned to the community.

During the five-day festival, more than 20,000 pounds of lobster are served, including more than 1,700 pounds of butter!

The first festival was held in 1947 and called the Camden-Rockport Lobster Festival. The one-day event offered all the lobster you could eat for $1.

The festival wouldn’t happen each year without our more than 1,100 volunteers. Our volunteers come from our local community and all over the country. Learn how you can volunteer and earn one of our highly coveted Maine Lobster Festival volunteer T-shirts!

Deer Isle-Stonington Boat Show @ Hagen Dock
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society will present the Deer Isle Boat Show on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will showcase the island’s maritime heritage through a variety of local watercraft on display, children’s activities, exhibits and boat models. The show will take place on the waterfront in downtown Stonington.

More than 15 classic and contemporary boats will be displayed in the water and on land. The event will showcase vessels with a significant connection to Deer Isle-Stonington, including those that have been built on the island, have spent most of their life in island waters, or are representative of a boat that is of historical importance to the island.

Admission benefits the historical society and is $5, with a maximum of $20 per family, and free to all island students.

For information, contact Wesley Norton at 650-5944 or or see the website

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