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“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..”
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Were you an Anthem Member?
Did you miss Open Enrollment?
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is no longer selling health insurance plans in the Marketplace. If you were insured through Anthem in 2017, and you didn’t pick a new plan for 2018, you are eligible for a “Loss of Coverage Special Enrollment Period.” If you did not pick a new plan during Open Enrollment, Anthem auto enrolled in you a plan with either Harvard Pilgrim or Community Health Options. The Loss of Coverage Special Enrollment Period allows you to switch plans up to 60 days after the discontinuation of your 2017 plan (December 31, 2017). This means that people who are auto enrolled in a new plan can still change their plans until March 2018 Make an appointment now! 207-967-4555, email Bridget or click to find out more http://mainelobstermen.org/projects/health-insurance/
The ASMFC wants your feedback on the new Lobster Draft Agenda
States from Maine through New Jersey have scheduled their hearings to gather public input on American Lobster Draft Addendum XXVI/Jonah Crab Draft Addendum III. Public Hearings in Maine are being held in Scarborough Jan. 10th and Ellsworth Jan 11th. The Draft Addenda present three questions for public comment: (1) what percentage of harvesters should be required to report in the American lobster and Jonah crab fisheries; (2) should current data elements be expanded to collect a greater amount of information in both fisheries; and (3) at what scale should spatial information be collected. FMI read the DMR Press Release here.
Now is the Time to Fight for Maine Lobster
The following is a Guest Column first published in Seafood News and reprinted in Landings in November of 2017. With the MLMC on the docket for renewal in the Maine Legislature this winter, these words seem apt: Yesterday we learned that there is considerable opposition on the docks in Maine to the reauthorization of the levy funding the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. The levy that funds the marketing program comes from an additional charge on lobster licenses, and has to be renewed by the legislature next year. But in a series of meetings up and down the coast, there has been some vocal opposition to the whole idea of a marketing program. Two of the seven zone councils have voted to support it, and meetings in the other five are
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The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s Annual Weekend and Industry Trade Show 2018 planning is underway.
The event will be held on January 18-21, 2018 (Vendor set up is the 18th) at the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis, MA 35 Scudder Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601
Do you know someone who is passionate about the lobster industry and wants to make a difference? Is there a lobsterman in your community who is well respected? Are they (or you!) willing to attend monthly meetings in Belfast (minimum four per year) and help affect the lobster industry in a positive way? Then the MLA Board of Directors is looking for them! (or you.)
For more information or to nominate someone, including yourself, click on the form below or contact Patrice McCarron, Executive Director, 967-4555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
State of Maine
Department of Marine Resources
2018 Maine Lobster Research Collaborative
The State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources, is seeking proposals for research programs that contribute to components of the new Lobster Collaborative. The awarded projects will be part of the initial two years and will include required quarterly discussions to develop specific integrated goals, review progress, and work to advance objectives for future projects.
A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website: http://www.maine.gov/purchases/venbid/rfp.shtml
Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, located at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street – 4th Floor, Augusta, ME 04330. Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 pm, local time, on January 16, 2018, when they will be opened. Proposals not received at the Division of Procurement Services’ aforementioned address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.
The lobster fishery is Maine’s most valuable fishery with a landed value of more than $533 million, representing 74% of the value of all marine commercial fisheries landings in 2016. The lobster fishery is a critical piece of the economy in nearly every community along the coast. Recently, there are signs that the Gulf of Maine ecosystem may be changing, which will likely have an impact on the lobster resource and fishery on which these communities depend. The Department is charged with conserving and developing Maine’s marine resources, conducting and sponsoring scientific research, and promoting and developing Maine’s coastal fishing industries. For these reasons, the Department wishes to dedicate significant research dollars toward a better understanding of the lobster resource, fishery, and industry and the potential changes ahead.
See the whole document here: RFP201711190 – Lobster Research Collaborative
The Maine Fishermen’s Forum hosts fishermen, gear suppliers, scientists, government and other stakeholders to collaborate on all things fishing: markets, resource status, regulations, the latest in technology, the environment and more. If it’s of interest to the fishing industry, chances are you’ll find it here.
Each year the Forum provides three days of free seminars for fishermen covering a wide range of topics such as the health of the lobster resource, commercial fishing safety, upcoming regulatory actions, and much more. It’s the social event of the year for Maine’s fishing community with lots of informal socializing and networking opportunities and an organized event each night including the seafood reception, Friday night Fish dinner, and a not to be missed banquet and dance on Saturday night. Day trippers are welcome but there are a host of lodging options both on and off the resort. We are a family-focused event with a full suite of children’s events.
NEW PROCEDURE FOR MAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE SAMOSET RESORT:
1 – Download the reservation form from www.mainefishermensforum.org
2 – Complete the Reservation Form and then either:
- FAX the registration form to (207) 442-7790 as soon as possible, or
- EMAIL the application (credit card only) to Reservations: email@example.com , or
- CALL Loalee at 1-207-319-8066 to make a reservation by phone, or
- BY MAIL – Enclose a check made out to “THE SAMOSET RESORT” and mail it with your Reservation Form to The Maine Fishermen’s Forum, PO Box 288, Bath, ME 04530
- DO NOT CALL THE SAMOSET – they will simply refer you back to Reservations for the Forum!
SEMINAR TOPICS FOR Thursday March 1st, Friday, March 2nd
and Saturday, March 3rd
“Reel in Some Cash with Wicked Special Guests”
Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training
Embracing Ecosystem Change
Lobster Management: Hot Issues & Updates
Developing a Viable Green Crab Fishery
Integrating Collaborative Research into Ecosystem Based Fisheries
Status of Right Whales and Fixed Gear Fisheries
eMOLT Collaboration with Fishermen and Scientists Research Society
NGOM Federal Scallop Fishery
MLDA Lobsters to Dollars Proposal
EMSP Collaborative Project: Maintaining Sustainable Ocean Food Systems
Electronic Monitoring on the Water
Open Forum with NOAA Fisheries Leadership
Maine’s Seafood Economy: Investments in the Future
Maine Coast Community Sector Annual Meeting
DMR Lobster Update
Evaluating Groundfish Bycatch in Lobster Traps
Herring Amendment 8 Information Update
MLA Annual Meeting
Alewife Harvesters Annual Meeting
Maine Lobster Boat Racing Assn. 2018 Pre-Season Meeting
Maine Elver Fishermen’s Association Annual Meeting
* Shellfish Day: Economics & Business Innovation
* Legislative Changes
* Vibrio and Biotoxin Status Report
* Water Quality Impact
* Multi-Species Presentation
* Shellfish Needs Assessment Listening Session
*Seminars are subject to change; check the website for updates*