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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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Legislature Gets a Slow Start on Lobster Bills

The first session of the 128th Legislature started slowly with regard to lobster-related bills. With more than 15 bills submitted that would affect the lobster industry, public hearings have been held on just three; eight bills had not yet been printed as of the end of February.

On February 13, the Marine Resources Committee co-chaired by Senator Joyce Maker (R-Calais) and Representative Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle) heard testimony on three lobster bills.

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Second Lobster Leadership Institute Launched in February

It was a brilliant day in early February when the participants in the second Lobster Leadership Institute gathered at Point Lookout in Northport. The fourteen men and women began their two-day exploration of lobster science, management, business and marketing with a welcome by MLA executive director Patrice McCarron. “You have made significant investments in your lobster business. You are the future of this industry. The leadership program is about giving you the tools you need to guide this industry into the future,” said McCarron.

The Lobster Leadership Institute began in 2014 as an effort to give younger lobstermen and women the tools they would need to become advocates for their fishery at the state, local and regional levels. The average age of a Maine lobsterman is 50-plus,” said MLA president David Cousens. “My generation is going to step down at some point. We need these younger people to take our places.

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NEFMC Scallop Advisory Panel and Council Meeting @ Hotel Providence
Mar 29 @ 9:30 am – Mar 30 @ 4:30 pm
  • Receive an update on measures expected to be adopted in Framework Adjustment 28.
  • Review the general workload for 2017 based on Council priorities, and initial progress on these work items.
  • Receive an update on the limited access general category IFQ five-year program review.
  • Other business may be discussed


Hearing for Herring Draft Amendment ASMFC @ Lincoln County Communications Center
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ME Public Hearing on Atlantic Herring Draft Addendum I

Check out the draft at the link below. Public comment accepted  until 5 PM (EST) on April 7, 2017; send comments to – Subject line: Draft Addendum I)

Atlantic Herring Draft Addendum I for Public Comment


MLA Directors’ meeting @ Darby's Restaurant
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Exhibit- “A way of Life: The Fishing Families of Stonington” Reception @ Camden Public Library
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Opening reception and talk by the artist. Dworsky’s photographs will be on display in the Picker Room gallery for the month of April as part of Maritime Month 2017.

Maritime Month is made possible by Allen Insurance and Financial.

Jeff Dworsky moved to Maine in 1971, still a teenager. He lived briefly on an island in Muscongus Bay before settling in Stonington. He was already a photographer—intermittently so, but it had become part of his way of interpreting the world around him.

LB2016.19.204 (3)Like many young men living in coastal communities, Dworsky began to make his living from the sea, first by digging clams, then later as a lobsterman. He continued to use the camera. Much later, in 1990, Dworsky’s images came to the attention of Peter Ralston, the Rockport photographer and co-founder of Island Institute in Rockland, Maine, during one of Ralston’s visits to York Island (near Isle au Haut, where Dworsky was living with his family at the time). This recognition was the opening of a door for his photojournalism career. In 1991, he began to freelance off and on for various magazines, including Downeast and National Geographic Traveler. His insider perspective lent a power and credibility to the work which was obvious to his publishers. LB2016.19.212 (2)

Dworsky drew some of his submissions from a personal project he had begun in the late 1980s. Like many Mainers, he watched with dismay as the real estate boom during this decade began to dissolve the traditional fabric of life in coastal towns. From 1988 to 1993, he undertook an extensive photographic survey of the people in these communities, many of whom were known to him, in the midst of their lives and culture. As he puts it, this group of photographs was “…an ode to the loss of the place I chose to live, that I loved…the old Downeast coast.”

He fished steadily until 2015, and has been reinventing himself since then. This includes some time behind the lens, though he’s turned it away from the Maine coast, which, in has forever changed.

“The Net Result:Our Evolving Fisheries” History Conference @ U Maine Hutchinson Center
Apr 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

This year’s History Conference delves into statement: Human innovation and technology have proven to be too successful for the health of our fisheries and our local ecosystem.  Our line-up of scientists, historians, journalists, activists, consumers and fishermen will answer the question:

How did this happen and what do we do now?

The History of Overfishing: the Price of Efficiency
Jeffrey Bolster, University of New Hampshire Professor of History

Jeffrey Bolster brings historical context to the present issues facing the fishing industry.  As author of The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail, he shows that while the eradication of fish has gone on for centuries, the impact of fishing in the 20th century has been devastating.

Taking Stock: the Story Data Tells About Our Fisheries
Ted Ames, Fisheries Ecologist & Co-founder of Penobscot East Resource Center

Using catch data from historic fishing logs and other sources, marine ecologists have tracked the decline in fishing stocks as the use of more efficient fishing technology rose.  Ted Ames, a fisherman and historical fisheries ecology researcher, whose work in marine conservation earned him a MacArthur Fellowship, looks at the past and present scientific data on the groundfish stock and predicts future trends if conservation measures are adopted or ignored.

The Search for Consensus: Sustaining the Fisheries
Peter Neill, Director of World Ocean Observatory

Peter Neill has been advocating for the health and sustainability of our oceans through numerous means of communication. He will discuss the evolution of the scientist-fishery harvester conversation and initiatives by each to address sustainability issues and meet conservation objectives imposed by regulatory bodies.

Groundfish Policy in Maine: a Retrospective
Patrick Shepard, Fisheries Policy Associate at Penobscot East Resource Center

Fisheries policy and conservation have not always been synonymous in our history. Patrick Shepard walks us through the major turning points in the groundfish regulations and brings us the current crossroad in policy as we plot the future of this historically important fishery.

Gastronomy and the Sea: Our Changing Tastes
Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Food Historian and Writer

The seafood, we as humans consume, has evolved over time based on the availability of the resource locally and through Trans-Oceanic trading webs, as well as the latest culinary trends. Food historian Nancy Harmon Jenkins charts the rise and fall of salt fish, sardine on crackers and other seafood favorites from the past, discusses current seafood consumption and predicts future seafood culinary trends.

Turning the Tide on Decline: The Fisherman’s Perspective
Glen Libby, Manager of Port Clyde Fresh Catch and co-author of Caught: time, place, fish

As a fisherman, Mr. Libby has seen how the technological revolution has impacted how and where fishermen fish over a period of several decades. Not all of these advances were good from a sustainable fisheries perspective but we are now learning how to use technology to enhance the recovery of our groundfish fishery here in Maine.

Documenting the Evolution: National Fisherman
Dave Jackson, former publisher of National Fisherman

National Fisherman has been the periodical of record for the fishing industry for over 65 years, providing context for today’s hot button issues in the industry. Former publisher Dave Jackson, using photographs from the periodical’s pages, will explore how National Fisherman documented the technological evolution in the fisheries and the resulting ecological and social effects.

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