Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) for lobstermen in Maine has come to a close. The federally-funded program began in September, 2010, in response to a petition filed by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) and five Sea Grant offices to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on behalf of the lobster industry. The petition successfully proved that foreign imports of lobster in 2009 had negatively affected prices and production of lobster in New England.

The goal of the TAA program in Maine was to provide training to help lobstermen create business plans, increase profitability, improve efficiency, consider marketing opportunities, and evaluate alternative enterprises. Lobstermen who signed up to take part in the process were required to complete twelve hours of training, then meet with a business counselor to draft a business plan.

The MLA and Maine Sea Grant organized two years of educational workshops for lobstermen, their wives or partners and sternmen, traveling throughout the state to facilitate the workshops.

TAA Program Summary

Total of participants enrolled:  2432

Total who started training:  2143

Total who completed trainings:  2095

Total who completed initial business plan:  2086

Total who completed full program:  1904

78% completion rate


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