Events

Stay up to date on upcoming events with the MLA calendar. We post MLA meetings, trainings, festivals and openings as well as other events that pertain to the lobster industry. You can sort by category or tags (i.e.lobster boat races).  Let us know if you have something to post! 207-967-4555 or andi@mainelobstermen.org

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May
3
Wed
MLA Directors’ meeting @ Darby's Restaurant
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

May
7
Sun
USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – So. Bristol @ Fire Department
May 7 @ 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!

May
8
Mon
ASMFC Spring meeting @ The Westin Alexandria
May 8 – May 11 all-day

Preliminary Agenda

The agenda is subject to change. Bulleted items represent the anticipated major issues to be discussed or acted upon at the meeting. The final agenda will include additional items and may revise the bulleted items provided below. The agenda reflects the current estimate of time required for scheduled Board meetings. The Commission may adjust this agenda in accordance with the actual duration of Board meetings. Interested parties should anticipate Boards starting earlier or later than indicated herein.Find the Preliminary Agenda HERE.

For agenda action items that have already gone out for public comment, it is the Policy Board’s intent to end the occasional practice of allowing extensive and lengthy public comments. Currently, board chairs have the discretion to decide what public comment to allow in these circumstances.

In addition, the following timeline has been established for the submission of written comment for issues for which the Commission has NOT established a specific public comment period (i.e., in response to proposed management action).

  1. Comments received 3 weeks prior to the start of a meeting week will be included in the briefing materials.
  2. Comments received by 5:00 PM January 24, 2017 will be distributed electronically to Commissioners/Board members prior to the meeting and a limited number of copies will be provided at the meeting.
  3. Following the Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5:00 PM deadline, the commenter will be responsible for distributing the information to the management board prior to the board meeting or providing enough copies for the management board consideration at the meeting (a minimum of 50 copies).

The submitted comments must clearly indicate the commenter’s expectation from the ASMFC staff regarding distribution.  As with other public comment, it will be accepted via mail, fax, and email.

May
11
Thu
Sea State Lecture- Patriot’s Day: How the Storm of the Decade Changed Our Coast
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the fourth session of our Spring 2017 Joan M. Kelly Sea State Lecture Series, “Motion of the Ocean.”

Throughout the series, our speakers will reflect on the many ways water moves — predictably and unpredictably — and how communities respond. Our exploration continues with Senior Meteorologist/Marine Program Manager of the National Weather Service, John Cannon. Join us in May to hear his talk, “Patriot’s Day: How the Storm of the Decade Changed Our Coast.”

This is a free event open to the public. Register early; seating is limited. To register, please click the link above.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free parking is available.

May
13
Sat
USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – North Haven @ North Haven High School
May 13 @ 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!

May
20
Sat
Maine Maritime Museum Community Day @ Maine Maritime Museum
May 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Help us kick off the summer season with the raising of the flags over the Wyoming evocation and cannon fire at noon signaling the official start of our seasonal tours and activities. See the museum’s latest acquisition, the historic schooner Mary E. Built in Bath in 1906 by Thomas E. Hagan, Mary E is the oldest Bath-built wooden schooner still afloat, and she’ll be restored on the museum campus this summer. We’ll also offer reduced-price cruises, and of course, lots of activities for the kids.

USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – Eastport @ Eastport Coast Guard Station
May 20 @ 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!

May
24
Wed
Shellfish Advisory Committee Meeting @ Ellsworth City Hall
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Follow the link above for more information about the Shellfish Advisory Council, previous minutes and the opportunity to sign up for email reminders.

May
27
Sat
10th Annual Alewife Fishladder Festival @ Damariscotta Mills downtown
May 27 – May 28 all-day

For the 2nd year we will have THE RUNNING WITH THE ALEWIVES 5K & 10K races. There will be lots of great food including pulled pork and chicken, oysters, lobster & crab rolls, hamburgers, breakfast sandwiches and more! The Chris Fitz Band will play Saturday night at the Lincoln Theater. The festival is an amazing community event!!

Jun
4
Sun
11th Int’l Conference on Lobster Biology & Management @ Holiday Inn by the Bay
Jun 4 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm

These conferences are held every 3 to 5 years.  Participation has risen and held at approximately 200 lobster biologists, oceanographers, lobstermen, and fisheries managers coming from 20 countries.   Subsequent ICWLs have been held in Saint Andrews, Canada (1985); La Habana, Cuba (1990); Sanriku, Japan (1993); Queenstown, New Zealand (1997); Key West, Florida USA (2000); Hobart, Australia (2004); Charlottetown, PEI, Canada (2007); Bergen, Norway (2011); and Cancun, Mexico (2014). 

Check out the schedule of events here: http://www.11thicwl.com/schedule–program.html

Also relevant is Industry Day

Science & Industry Day

The Science & Industry Day offers an opportunity for lobstermen, lobster dealers and distributors, biologists, and managers from around the world to get together to talk about how lobster populations are responding to our changing oceans.  Sharing of ideas amongst these groups can help pinpoint new areas of research, encourage collaborations between scientists and fishermen who are out on the sea every day, and can help managers better respond to the needs of both lobster populations and those reliant on such populations for a living.

This day of the conference is organized and led by leaders in the fishing industry.  We hope that fishermen, dealers, and others in the lobster fishing industry will consider joining us.  If you would like to suggest sessions of interest to industry or speakers we should consider inviting, please contact one of the members of the Industry Day Technical Committee:  Curt Brown of Ready Seafood Company & Co-Chair,  Patrice McCarron of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, Beth Casoni of the MA Lobstermen’s Association, Cathy Billings of The Lobster Institute, or Jean Lavallee from Canada’s Aquatic Sciences & Health Services.

Current plans for the day include:
Opening Remarks by Pat Keliher (Commissioner, Maine DMR) & David Cousens (Lobsterman & MLA President)
Session on Collaborative Research:

  • New Zealand Representatives
  • Anna Malek (CFRF)
  • Melanie Giffin (PEI Fishermen’s Association)
  • Shannon Tibbets (or other FSRS Representative)
  • Bob Bayer (The Lobster Institute)

Session on Industry/Market Perspectives:

  • Dave Casoni (Lobsterman)
  • Brendan Ready (Ready Seafood)
  • John Garland (Clearwater Seafood)
  • Josh Stoll (UMaine)
  • Luke Holden (Luke’s Lobster) 
  • Frank Sun – pending

Many thanks to Daryl Sykes of the New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council for helping to sponsor this day.