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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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Observer Policy Committee Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn - Logan
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

• Discuss recent and planned work related to 2017 priorities, including development of a policy for monitoring commercial fisheries to address multiple information needs and a strategic approach to bycatch monitoring, and recommend appropriate next steps;
• Discuss priorities for 2018;
• Other business, if necessary.

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 Monday, July 31, 2017. Please address them to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies . Email submissions should be sent to

Maine Lobster Boat Race – Winter Harbor @ Winter Harbor
Aug 12 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.

Winter Harbor Lobster Festival @ Main Street
Aug 12 all-day

“Lobsters, Breakfasts, Craft Fair, Parade and more.”

The Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 53rd Annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival on August 12th. Please come and enjoy the activities planned throughout the day for local residents and visitors.

  • Start the morning off with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at the Masonic Hall from 6:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. in Winter Harbor
  • the 5K George Schaeffer Memorial road race in Birch Harbor registration @ 7:00 a.m., race starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • Craft Fair at the school gym 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Lobster Boat races at Henry Cove 10:00 a.m.
  • Lobster Dinner 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Parade on Main Street in Winter Harbor at 5:30 p.m.

Lobster Dinner includes: Lobster, corn on the cob, dessert, coleslaw, & drinks. There will be a variety of other foods available, such as coffee, muffins, sandwiches, French fries, cotton candy, kettle corn, nachos, and sno-cones. Come for a day of family fun. No admission charge.

Lobster Festival Seeking Volunteers

Help is needed specifically to set up, serve, cook and clean up after the lobster dinner, at the information and T-shirt sales booth, to assist with parking, to help set up the parade and for general town clean up when the last reveler has departed. To volunteer, call Linda Elliott at 546-2960.

Click below for links to the 2017 Festival applications.


Winter Harbor lobster Fest
Maine Lobster Boat Race- Pemaquid @ Pemaquid Harbor
Aug 13 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.

Benefit Party for the MLCA Relief Fund @ Cook's Lobster & Ale House
Aug 13 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The second Annual Cook’s Lobster and Ale House Benefit Party for the MLCA Relief Fund is here! 

The MLCA supports a relief fund to benefit the distressed families and children of lobstermen.

Tickets are $50 and include a lobster, steak or chicken dinner,  two beer tickets and  Geary’s pint glass, live music and access to  a silent auction  with trips, gift certificates, hotel or inn stays, art and so much more!  Proceeds will be donated to the MLCA Relief Fund. The day kicks off with a  Blessing of the Fleet at 3 pm followed by live music by the Coastal Outlaws and front man John Jordan. Delicious  food and beer provided by Sysco, local lobstermen and Maine’s own original beer company D.L. Gearys with their signature beer and brand new lager “OG”.

Moved by the 2016 death of young lobsterman Jon Popham, Cook’s Lobster and Ale House  began what they hope will be a yearly event to benefit the MLCA Relief Fund

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