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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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Current News

 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 mainelobstermen.org/health-insurance/


It’s time to Head to the Boston Seafood Show, for FREE

 The Maine Lobster Bus is headed to the Boston  Seafood Show (Seafood Expo North America) again in 2018 but this time the trip is FREE.  The MLA has joined up with Hannaford Supermarkets, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative  to offer a free bus to the show. This trip is eye opening and offers and opportunity to see how lobster is marketed to the world. See the details at Seafood Show 2018


BOEM Oil Drilling Forum Rescheduled

A Public meeting will take place here in Maine at the Augusta Civic Center on March 7th from 3 – 7 pm. This forum  will use an open-house format, so participants can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting time. At the meetings, participants can ask questions, share information, talk with BOEM team members one-on-one, and learn more about the National OCS Program. Participants are also encouraged to submit written comments to inform BOEM of specific issues, impacting factors, environmental resources, alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigation measures to consider in its analyses.

To find out more or how to participate, click here.

Events

Mar
1
Thu
Maine Fishermen’s Forum @ Samoset Resort
Mar 1 – Mar 3 all-day

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: res@mainefishermensforum.org , 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
Scallop Aquaculture
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*

Mar
2
Fri
MLA Annual Directors’ Meeting @ Samoset Resort
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Join us for our annual Directors Meeting taking place at the Fisherman’s Forum.  Guest speakers, free goodies, door-prizes, election of directors – it’s all happening here!

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

Mar
7
Wed
BOEM Oil Drilling Public Forum – Re-scheduled @ Augusta Civic Center
Mar 7 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Public meetings will take place across the country using an open-house format, so participants can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting time. At the meetings, participants can ask questions, share information, talk with our team members one-on-one, and learn more about the National OCS Program. We also encourage participants to submit written comments to inform BOEM of specific issues, impacting factors, environmental resources, alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigation measures to consider in its analyses.

For those unable to attend one of the scheduled meetings, BOEM is offering a Virtual Meeting Room where participants can visit the same stations available at the open house meetings. There they are able to review and download the same handouts and posters offered at the meetings and provide comments.

Mar
12
Mon
BusTrip to Boston Seafood Show (Seafood Expo North America) @ Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Mar 12 all-day

Join us for a trip to the Boston Seafood Show! This all day trip puts you on a luxury coach ride to and from Boston as well as admittance to the Exhibition Hall. See where Maine Lobster goes, who is buying it, and what its is competitors are in global seafood markets. Finally attend the Maine Lobster Reception sponsored by the  Maine Lobster  Marketing Collaborative. It’s a don’t miss event!

  • Bus leaves from Bangor at 7 am
  • Stops in Augusta at 8:30
  • Portland 9:30
  • Kennebunk 10:15
  • Arrive in Boston about noon/ 12:30 pm
  • Return to bus 6:45, Depart Boston 7 pm

Cost: $FREE thanks to our Sponsors!

Find out the details and sign up Here!

Mar
21
Wed
NEFMC Scallop Advisory Panel and Council Meeting @ Hotel Providence
Mar 21 – Mar 22 all-day

Agenda:

  • Receive an update on measures expected to be adopted in Framework Adjustment 29

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  • Review the general workload for 2018 based on Council priorities

and initial progress on these work items.

Other business may be discussed

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SCALLOP COMMITTEE

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Same as above

Agenda:

See above agenda;

Other business may be discussed.

If you would like your written comments to be considered at this meeting, they must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 5 p.m.on Friday, March, 16, 2018. Please address them to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to comments@nefmc.org

.

For information about meeting materials and detailed agenda, please consult the

Council’s website at www.nefmc.org

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