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Lobster Law Enforcement Takes Center Stage

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) has made it possible for lobstermen in this state to say with confidence that “crime does not pay.” L.D. 575 An Act to Improve Enforcement of Maine’s Lobster Laws is anticipated to be passed by the Maine Legislature in June. It will likely have an emergency preamble, which would go into effect upon the Governor’s signing so its provisions will be in place for this summer’s fishing season. The bill will make penalties for breaking marine resources laws related to lobstering harsher for those
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Health Insurance And You: LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018

On April 18, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to address certain issues with the health insurance marketplace and to provide flexibility to issuers to help draw healthy consumers to enroll in health coverage, improve the risk pool and bring stability to the individual markets, while increasing

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Rapid Response Team for Lobster Health Formed

Thanks to the support from Maine’s lobster license plate holders, the Lobster Institute and the Maine Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Maine have formed a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to look at issues related to lobster health. The RRT’s goal is to promote better recognition within Maine’s lobster industry that early reporting and diagnosis of presumed diseased or deformed lobsters is critical

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Maine Lobster Boat Race -Moosabec Reach @ Moosabec Reach
Jul 1 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

The Lobster Roll Festival @ Thompson Point
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for some old-fashioned Maine summer fun. The first-annual Down East Lobster Roll Festival will be held Saturday, July 8, at Thompson’s Point in Portland. The festival includes live music, an interactive kids’ area, Maine Made gifts, traditional Maine food & drink; Plus, the World’s Best Lobster Roll Competition. Get your tickets today!

12:00pm – 5:00pm: Ongoing Events

12:00pm – 1:00pm: The FLUKES perform on the Main Stage

12:00pm – 1:30pm: VIP Semi-Final Round of the World’s Best Lobster Roll Competition, Brick South

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection performs on the Main Stage

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Finals of World’s Best Lobster Roll Competition on the Main Stage, Emcee Kerry Altiero from Cafe Miranda

3:55pm: Sea Bags Down East Day Tripper Tote Design contest, winning announcement

4:00pm – 4:15pm: LifeFlight of Maine “Lobster Chopper” fly-in, picnic area

4:15pm – 5:00pm: Maine Youth Rock Orchestra performs on the Main Stage

5:00pm: Festival concludes

5:00pm: Healers in the Sky Lifeflight Special Reception, Brick South




Help judge the World’s Best Lobster Roll Competition in the state where it belongs. Buy a VIP ticket to help pick the finalists from a dozen lobster roll chefs extraordinaire! You’ll get to sample lobster rolls from all contestants while sipping on Allagash Beer and vote for your favorite. The VIP ticket includes entry to the preliminary judging round held at Circus Maine, located a few steps away from the festival gate, plus entry to the festival. Did we mention all-you-can-eat lobster rolls for the whole day? (Note: Kids will not be allowed into the VIP section for the preliminary round of the competition.)

Limited tickets available

LifeFlight’s VIP Celebration


Down East magazine is pleased to partner with LifeFlight of Maine to offer this special opportunity to celebrate Maine’s newest medical helicopter, N901WM, or the “Lobster Chopper.” Enjoy the Down East Lobster Roll Festival, then join the LifeFlight team for The Healers In The Sky VIP Celebration featuring hearty hors d’oeuvres, live music, cocktails, and a chance to win an aerial tour of Portland in the new helicopter at the end of the party. (Must be 21 or over)

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And the best part, The Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance receives a portion of the proceeds from every lobster roll purchased! 

Maine Lobster Boat Race -Stonington @ Stonington Harbor
Jul 9 all-day

The Fastest Boats on the Coast!
In addition to the standard MLBRA race classes, Stonington hosts the John’s Bay Boat
Company Exhibition Race, the Jimmy Stevens Cup awarded to the Fastest Working
Lobster Boat, and new this year, the Deer Isle-Stonington Exhibition Race (hailing port of
vessel must be Deer Isle, Stonington, or Little Deer Isle.)
The Stonington Lobster Boat Races are best viewed from the water. Isle au Haut Boat
Services is running a Race Day charter. This family-friendly vessel allows passengers to
view the races aboard a spacious Wesmac S46. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children
11 and under. “Otter” will depart from the ferry terminal at 12 noon and return at 2pm.
Seating is limited and smoking and alcohol are not permitted. For further information
contact Amanda at, or 207 367 5193.
Overnight docking and fuel is available at Billings Diesel & Marine Service. There is a
public access boat ramp at Colwell’s next to the Isle au Haut Boat Services wharf.
Additional trailer parking is available at the ball field across from the Island Community
Registration for the races begins at 8:00am on the Stonington Commercial Fish Pier; this is
also the location of the Race Awards at the end of the event. Races start at 10:00am.
BE AWARE the red can on the north side of the track off the Isle au Haut Boat Services
wharf is marking a ledge. Remain on the south side.
The races will be broadcast on VHF Channel 10. For additional information contact – Genevieve McDonald @ 207 266 5113 or Cory
McDonald @ 207 664 4525.
Join us the night before the races at the Stonecutters Kitchen (formerly the Fishermen’s
Friend Restaurant) for the Annual Boat Race Dance featuring Stesha Cano & the Wicked
Friggin’ Jerks playing a blend of rock, blues, and funk. Doors open at 8:00pm. 21 and up,
ID required
Race 1 – Class A Skiffs 16-feet and under with outboards up to 30 hp, operator 16 years and younger
Race 2 – Class B Inboards, outboards or outdrives, 31 to 90 hp
Race 3 – Class C Inboards, outboards or outdrives, 90 hp and over
Race 4 – John’s Bay Boat Company Exhibition Race
Race 5 – Gasoline Class A – 4 & 6 cylinder 24 feet and over
Race 6 – Gasoline Class B – V-8 up to 375 cid, 24 feet and up
Race 7 – Gasoline Class C – V-8, 376 to 525 cid, 24 to 29 feet
Race 8 – Gasoline Class D – V-8, 376 and over, 28 feet and over
Race 9 – Gasoline Class E – V-8, Over 525 cid, 28 feet and over, superchargers/turbos
Race 10 – Wooden Boat Race – any hp, up to 35 feet 11 inches
Race 11 – Wooden Boat Race – any hp, 36 and over
Race 12 – Diesel Class A – Up to 235 hp, 24 to 31 feet
Race 13 – Diesel Class B, Up to 235 hp, 32 feet to 39 feet 11 inches
Race 14 – Diesel Class C, 236 to 335 hp, 24 to 33 feet
Race 15 – Diesel Class D, 236 to 335 hp, 34 feet to 39 feet 11 inches
Race 16 – Diesel Class E, 336 to 435 hp, 24 to 33 feet
Race 17 – Diesel Class F, 336 to 435 hp, 34 feet to 39 feet 11 inches
Race 18 – Diesel Class G, 436 to 550 hp, 28 to 35 feet
Race 19 – Diesel Class H, 436 to 550 hp, 36 feet to 39 feet 11 inches
Race 20 – Diesel Class I, 551 to 700 hp, 28 to 35 feet
Race 21 – Diesel Class J, 551 to 700 hp, 36 feet to 39 feet 11 inches
Race 22 – Diesel Class K, 701 to 900 hp, 28 feet to 39 feet 11 inches
Race 23 – Diesel Class L, 901 hp and over, 28 feet to 39 feet 11 inches
Race 24 – Diesel Class M(A), 40 feet and over, up to 500 hp
Race 25 – Diesel Class M(B), 40 feet and over, 501 to 750 hp
Race 26 – Diesel Class N, 40 feet and over, 750 hp and over
Race 27 – Deer Isle-Stonington Exhibition Race (hailing port must read DI, ST, or LDI)
Race 28 – Gasoline Free for All
Race 29 – Diesel Free for All
Race 30 – Jimmy Stevens Cup – Fastest Working Lobster Boat

USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – Swans Island @ Swans Island Town Hall
Jul 15 @ 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!

Maine Lobster Boat Race-Friendship @ Friendship
Jul 23 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

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