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3/22/21 – Maine Lobstermen’s Association Responds to Federal Whale Proposals Raises Concern over Future of the Fishery and the Need for Better Data

“The MLA will not let over-reaching regulations based on inaccurate data erase the Maine lobster fishery and our fishing heritage,” said Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA), in response to two major federal rulemakings proposed this winter intended to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. Last year, a federal court ruled that the lobster fishery cannot operate without revised rules in place READ MORE

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If you’re overweight, physically inactive, or 45+ years old, you may be at risk for this silent killer. As an MLA member, you can delay or even reverse the onset of diabetes with The Preventive Plan, a wellness program we’re making 100% free to you… Space is limited, so find out if you are at risk, and reserve your seat today:


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Gulf Of Maine Offshore Wind- Rally Informational Check In, Warren
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Midcoast area! A few fishermen and I will be at George’s River Bait Co. this Sunday.  We will be there to answer any questions about offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine. We would love for other fishermen to join to share ideas and concerns, sign up to help out at the protest (you don’t have to), and just generally support each other during this uncertain time.
You do not have to be a fisherman to want to protect the Gulf of Maine or fight for sustainable seafood and family fishing businesses. Please join us!
I’m going to pick up some stuff to make signs for the protest. If you’re around and want to join feel free to bring your arts and crafts, snacks, kids, and let’s remember this about our community and values, not just fishing grounds.
For More Information Contact:
Gerry Cushman (975-5258)
Dustin Delano (542-7241)
Jim Wotton (592-5817)
-Monique Coombs
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A fishy tail about our food system- Talk via Zoom
Apr 19 @ 3:00 pm

Registration required go to: to register.

In this talk, Josh will describe the recent emergence of alternative seafood networks in North America and their role in supporting resilient fishing communities.He will also discuss future work being done to better integrate seafood into ongoing discussions about local and regional food systems.


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Safety and Drill Conductor Training-USCG South Portland @ 259 High St
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm

Safety and Survival Training

Prepare for a full day of hands-on training in fighting fires, plugging leaks, and swimming to a life raft in a survival suit. This course is designed for all fishermen, including crewmen, to learn of hone fundamental survival skills like making a MAYDAY call, lighting flares and rescuing a person that falls overboard.

Drill Conductor Certification:

After completing the 1-day Safety and Survival Training Course, fishermen spend a second day learning how to lead monthly, on-vessel safety drills that are critical for building muscle memory and ensuring the crew retains their skills. Meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements under 46 CFR 28.270(c).


This free training is sponsored by Fishing Partnerships


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Protect The Gulf of Maine- Industry Rally @ Augusta Civic Center
Apr 28 @ 8:00 am

Informational Advance Check in

  • Sign up to volunteer at the protest
  • Pick up flyers and materials for signs
  • Buy shirts to support Maine fishermen
  • Ask questions, get more info, share ideas

Harpswell – Saturday April 17th, 12 – 4 pm, 11 Sea Escape Lane, Bailey Island

Contact Chris McIntire (406-0277) Herman Coombs (807-8596) or Matt Gilley (319-9590)

Trenton, Saturday April 17th, 12 – 4 pm, 150 Bar Harbor Rd, (Lobster207)

For more information contact Ginny Olsen (204-0556) or

Warren, Sunday April 18th, 1pm – 4 pm, 130 Atlantic Hgwy (George’s River Bait Co.)

Contact Gerry Cushman (975-5258) Dustin Delano (542-7241) Jim Wotton (592-5817)


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Maine Fishermen’s Forum Safety Seminar
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
In the last fifteen months, Maine’s fishing community lost eight men to several fishing related tragedies. Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in America. There are several simple precautions which dramatically improve your chances of surviving an accident at sea and coming home safely to your family.
Please mark your calendar today for a 90 minute safety seminar on May 4 at 5:00 PM, with panelists including the US Coast Guard and fishing accident survivor Mike Russo.
More event details will be posted next week.
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Herring Plan Development Team Conference Call
May 7 @ 2:09 pm – 3:09 pm

More details to come…..

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McMillan Offshore Training Day 3
May 8 all-day

McMillan Offshore Training

Location: Bucksport at Maine Maritime Academy Center for Professional Mariners

Contact: John McMillan

Training Available: F/V Drill Conductor Training

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