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ACA health insurance options in 2017

With cold and flu season upon us, the last thing you need is to get caught without health insurance. An illness or injury can happen any day, but thankfully, you don’t have to worry about how to pay for your healthcare or medical bills. Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance began on November 1 and will go through January 31, 2017.

The ACA requires individuals to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The requirement can be met by having a plan with minimal essential coverage either through one’s employer or another group, or by purchasing an individual/family policy through Maine’s health insurance Marketplace.

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Lobster Leadership Institute returns next year

In May 2014, the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance (MLCA), the nonprofit sister organization to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA), conducted its first Maine Lobster Leadership Institute. The idea behind the Institute was simple: give young lobstermen and women the tools they need and encourage them to step into positions of leadership in an industry dominated by those over 50. The twelve men and women who took part in the first Institute spent one week learning about the management, science, and marketing of lobster before traveling to Prince Edward Island to see for themselves how lobstermen to the north operate. Now it is time to do it again.

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Giving safety a competitive advantage

Falls overboard are the leading cause of death in the northeast lobster fishery, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, and could largely be prevented with the regular use of personal flotation devices (PFDs).

Lobstermen from Maine and Massachusetts will be asked to try out existing, commercially available PFDs and to share what they like or don’t like about these designs. This information will be used to adjust existing designs whenever possible, then lobstermen will be given opportunities to try out these improved designs. A similar study was done with Alaskan fishermen, and one of the major takeaways from that study is that PFD design needs vary from fishery to fishery and from region to region. So the insights and experiences of lobstermen are very important.

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Jolly Family Jamboree @ Maine Maritime Museum
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Bring the whole family to celebrate the SEA-son! Explore the museum at a reduced rate, snap a pic in front of our giant lobster trap tree, and enjoy holiday-themed crafts, activities, and of course, a visit from Santa. New this year, we’re excited to introduce a truly unique experience in the historic Mould Loft: Captain Christmas’ Boatshop will magically come to life in a one-of-a-kind display unlike anything you’ve seen at the museum before.

Adults $10; children 6 to 12 $6jolly-family-jamboree

Enrollment Event @ Waldo County General Hospital
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Computers and assisters available for enrollment help. The event will be in the Teleconference Room.

To schedule an appointment, call the MLA office at 967-4555, or email

Zone C Council meeting @ Deer Isle-Stonington HS
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The next meeting of the Zone C Lobster Zone Council will be on Monday December 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Deer Isle-Stonington High School Cafeteria.

Video conferencing will also be available at the North Haven Community School and Vinalhaven School.




ASMFC Jonah Crab/ Menhaden Plan Hearings @ Casco Bay Lines Conference Room
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jonah Crab Plan Hearings are first, followed by Menhaden Plan Hearings

Zone A Council meeting @ Washington Academy Library
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For more information:

Sarah Cotnoir
Maine Department of Marine Resources
21 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-6596

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