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MLA Op-Ed in “Right Whale News” about cooperation of lobstermen

The Maine lobster industry has been actively engaged in efforts to protect right whales since the Take Reduction Team was formed in 1996. We recognize that right whales are in crisis and remain committed to doing our part to aid in the species’ recovery, as we have for more than two decades. During that time, Maine officials and lobstermen have implemented many measures to reduce the risk the lobster fishery poses to right whales. We are proud of our very high compliance rate, which demonstrates our commitment to protecting right whales. There is no protection for whales without buy-in from fishermen.

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MLA No Longer Provides Navigator

Due to recent Federal funding cuts, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association no longer has trained Navigators on staff. However, there are Navigators available statewide.  You can call the statewide navigator line at 1-855-806-7333.

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MLA Pushes For More Herring Quota in 2019

In late October, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) sent a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) strongly urging it to use its discretion to set the 2019 Atlantic herring quota above the level recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council (Council).
The MLA urged NMFS to use the same methodology that the agency used for the 2018 in-season quota adjustment. In doing so, the agency would keep the probability of overfishing below 50%, but above the 15% recommended by the Council in order to give the lobster industry an additional year to prepare for reduced herring landings.

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Zone G Lobster Council Meeting @ Kennebunk Town Office, Rm 300
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please see the draft agenda below and enclosed meeting notice for district representatives to distribute or post.

Council Members – please notify Sarah Cotnoir (624-6596) by Monday, January 14, 2019 whether you will be available to attend the meeting.



  1. Welcome and Introduction of New Members
  2. Election of Officers
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. New Business –     Cape Porpoise Dredging Project
    • Revisit Transfer Lobster License Waiting List Process
    • Sign Bylaws
  5. Reports & Updates –     Whale Update
    • Legislative/Regulatory Update
    • Bait Update
    • Marine Patrol Update

–     District Representatives

  1. Old Business
  2. Open Discussion
  3. Next Meeting Date Set


If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cotnoir or 207-624-6596.

Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association Annual Weekend &Trade Show @ Cape Cod Resort & Conference Ctr
Jan 17 – Jan 20 all-day

Join the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s for their Annual Weekend and Industry Trade Show 2019

A Full Slate of Activities For the Whole Family
  • A super exhibition of the latest goods and services that are important to the lobster/fishing industry as well as Gov. Agencies
  • Seminars—Friday and Saturday
  • Murder Mystery—Friday evening during dinner (6:30pm)
  • Craft—make you own special oil blends for relaxation, beauty, health and more
  • Cooking Demonstration Saturday
  • Super Silent Auction Saturday afternoon
  • The Caricature Guy Saturday afternoon
  • Banquet Awards Ceremony Saturday evening
  • Casino Night Saturday (9-11pm)
  • Children’s activity room Fri/Sat evening
  • There will be many raffles with cash prizes, free drawings and much more!
January 17—20 2019 Exhibit Hall hours are:
  • Thurs. (1/17/19) 9:00 (vendor set up)
  • Fri. 9:00am-5:00 pm
  • Sat. 9:00am-5:00 pm
  • Sun. 8:00am-10:00 am

NEFMC Scallop Advisory Panel and Council Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn Logan Airport
Jan 17 – Jan 18 all-day


  • Receive an update on the implementation timeline for Framework Adjustment 30.
  • Review 2019 scallop workload based on priorities

approved by the Council at its December meeting in Newport, RI, and discuss potential timelines for completing each task.

  • Review a draft scoping document for an action to address NGOM Scallop Management and LAGC IFQ trip limit.
  • Discuss the potential harvest of small scallops in the NLS-S deep
  • as part of 2020 scallop specifications.
  • Discuss potential elements of an action to mitigate impacts on yellowtail flounder.
  • Discuss potential approaches to evaluate the scallop rotational management program.

Other business may be discussed, as necessary.


For comments to be considered at this meeting, they must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 5 p.m.on Friday, March, 16, 2018. Please address them to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to


For information about meeting materials and detailed agenda, please consult the

Council’s website at

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Safety and Survival Training and Drill Conductor Training @ Coast Guard Station
Jan 26 all-day

MLA Members receive 25% off class price

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.)

American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment Workshop – ASFMC @ Mass Dept of Marine Fisheries
Jan 28 – Jan 31 all-day

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will hold the American Lobster BenchmarkStock Assessment Workshop at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, 836 South Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford, MA. The stock assessment,which is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020, will evaluate the health of the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank and Southern New England stocks and inform management of this species. The Commission’s stock assessment process and meetings are open to the public, with the exception of discussions of confidential data *, when the public will be asked to leave the room.

The Commission welcomes the submission of alternate assessment models. For alternate models to be considered, the model description, model input, final model estimates, and complete source code must be provided to Jeff Kipp, Senior Stock Assessment Scientist, at by December 28, 2018. Any models submitted without complete, editable source code and input files will not be considered.
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