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
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
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
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!

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
7
Wed
USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – Portland @ Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Jun 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!

Jul
15
Sat
USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – Swans Island @ Swans Island Town Hall
Jul 15 @ 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!