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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.

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.

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.

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:–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.

MLA Directors’ meeting @ Darby's Restaurant
Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

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.