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“For the past 62 years the Maine Lobstermen’s Association has advocated for lobstermen from all parts of the Maine coast. Its longevity is due to the men and women who make up its membership. Staying strong and relevant means successfully drawing new members into the association year after year..”
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Current News

Berried Lobster Tagging Project in Grand Manan

Help us track berried lobsters! GMWSRS (Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station) is conducting a berried lobster tagging project that will be carried out this fall/winter in LFA 38.   Click here to read more and to get log sheets!

MLA Board Votes not to Support DMR Whale Plan

The MLA commends DMR for its diligence in listening to the concerns of the industry and firmly believes that the state’s latest plan is a tremendous improvement over the options presented in June. The MLA will continue to provide constructive feedback to DMR and work with our members to draft a whale protection plan to address the varying risk to right whales across the Maine lobster fishery while minimizing the operational, safety and economic concerns identified by MLA’s members. Read the full statement

Stand Up for Maine Lobstermen

Check out this website and several videos explaining the Maine lobster industry’s long history of sustainability practices and its ongoing commitment to right whale protections.
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The facts about Right Whales and lobstermen cooperation

One of the biggest issues facing the industry is the plight of the North Atlantic right whale.  The MLA has been working on this issue since 1997 with the formation of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team. Over the past 20 years, Maine lobstermen have implemented many measures to protect whales, however threats to make major, unreasonable changes to our  way of fishing remain serious. Read More

Bait Resources for the 2019 season

Maine lobstermen are facing a a bait shortage this season because of the 70% cut in Atlantic herring quota. While not all lobstermen fish herring, the potential shortage will drive up demand for alternative sources of bait. Find out more information HERE.

Lifejackets For Lobstermen Wraps Up

The tour is over but you can see pictures of lobstermen throughout Maine who bought lifejackets. You can also read about how the project did overall. Click Here to find out more



Kennebunkport’s 38th Annual Christmas Prelude @ Dock Square
Dec 5 – Dec 15 all-day

Presented by Kennebunkport Business Association.

Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude™, the twelve-day holiday celebration that commences on the first weekend in December. The festival – owned, created, produced and paid for entirely by the KBA through its membership support – enjoys national awareness and has been covered by various media outlets over the years. The first weekend of Prelude is not only the single busiest weekend of the year for most businesses, it presents the most viable means for local civic organizations to fundraise and, in doing so, helps build goodwill between local residents and the business community.

34th Annual Boothbay Harbor Lights Festival @ Downtown Boothbay Harbor
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Presque Isle Holiday Light Parade @ Presque Isle, Maine
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mixers & Merriment at the Museum: A Spirited Celebration of Maine Craft Cocktails @ Maine Maritime Museum
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Celebrate the season with a toast to Maine’s incredible craft distilleries! Join us for this popular evening of festive fun, and sample specialty cocktails from Maine’s artisan spirit makers. Ticket price includes samplings of unique elixirs featuring Maine ingredients and delicious food from Stone Cove Catering. Sample all the seasonal spirits and cast your vote for the People’s Choice best cocktail of the night. Festive music and dancing will help keep holiday spirits high! This is a 21+ event.”


Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative Board Meeting @ The Island Institute
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Jolly Family Jamboree @ Maine Maritime Museum
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

“Bring the whole family to celebrate the season with Captain Christmas at our Jolly Family Jamboree!

Explore the museum, snap a pic in front of the lobster trap tree, enjoy holiday-themed crafts, activities, live music, and of course, a visit from Santa and his pirate pal Captain Christmas.

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will even be here to present their rendition of The Grinch!  The antics of these handmade glove, mouth and rod puppets are sure to bring smiles and laughter to the child in all of us.

45-minute puppet show starts at 10:30am.

19th Annual Boat Parade of Lights @ Portland Harbor, Portland
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm
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