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
24
Wed
Zone D Council meeting @ Rockland Ferry Terminal
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

zone-council-lobsterLOBSTER ZONE D COUNCIL
1. Welcome
2. Approval of Minutes (December 6, 2016)
3. New Business
4. Reports & Updates – Legislative Update
– Rulemaking Update
– Science Update – Kathleen Reardon
– Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Update
– Marine Patrol Update
– District Representatives
5. Old Business
6. Open Discussion
7. Next Meeting Date Set

 

May
30
Tue
Zone G Lobster Council Meeting @ Kennebunk Town Hall
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LOBSTER ZONE G COUNCIL
DRAFT AGENDA

1. Welcome

2. Approval of Minutes (September 29, 2016)

3. New Business

4. Reports & Updates – Legislative Update
– Rulemaking Update
– Black Sea Bass and Green Crab Information
– Science Update – Kathleen Reardon
– Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Update
– Marine Patrol Update
– District Representatives

5. Old Business

6. Open Discussion

7. Next Meeting Date Set

May
31
Wed
NEFMC Scallop Advisory Panel and Council Meeting @ Courtyard by Marriott - Logan
May 31 @ 9:30 am – Jun 1 @ 4:30 pm
  • MEETING NOTICE
    SCALLOP ADVISORY PANEL
    Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    Time: 9:30 a.m.Agenda:
  • Review the general workload for 2017 based on Council priorities and a draft action plan for Scallop Framework 29 (FW29). Potentially identify recommendations for prioritizing work items in upcoming actions
  • Review progress on potential management measures that may be included in FW29, including: 1) Flatfish accountability measures; 2) Modifications to the management of the Northern Gulf of Maine area; 3) Measures to modify scallop access areas consistent with potential changes to habitat and groundfish mortality closed areas
  • Discuss the establishment of a control date that may limit the ability of LAGC permit holders to move between permit categories
  • Provide research recommendations for the 2018/2019 Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) federal funding announcement
  • Other business may be discussed
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    SCALLOP COMMITTEE
    Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
    Time: 9:30 a.m.
    Location: Same as above
    Agenda: Same as above
    If you would like your written comments to be considered at this meeting, they must be received at the NEFMC office no later than close of business on Friday, May 26, 2017. Please address them to Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to

    comments@nefmc.org
.

 

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.

Jun
6
Tue
MLA Directors’ meeting – date change @ Darby's Restaurant
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This meeting is a day earlier than originally scheduled. For more information including agenda or attending the meeting, please call the MLA office, 207-967-4555.

Jun
20
Tue
NE Fisheries Management Council Meeting @ Holiday Inn By the Bay
Jun 20 – Jun 22 all-day

The 18-member Council meets five to six times annually, usually for three consecutive days. Venues are chosen because of their proximity to New England ports or because they are centrally located to accommodate attendees.Please click HERE for this meeting’s agenda.