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

Back to Our Work

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.


1 – Download the reservation form from

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: , 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*

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!

Maine Boat Builders Show @ Portland Sports Complex
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm

It is more than a boatshow. It is a gathering of builders and customers. You could spend time with colleagues or customers. We all learn something.Saying the Maine Boatbuilders Show is just a boat show is like describing a lobster dinner as just “supper.” There’s no show quite like it, with an atmosphere thick with Down East spirit and enough gorgeous traditional Maine vessels to satisfy any boating fan’s palate.