Membership

To Honor a Lobsterman

1. Make a charitable donation to the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance or to the Lobstermen’s Relief Fund

2. Make a contribution to the Legal Defense Fund

3. Make a contribution to the MLA and the work that we do by mailing a check to:
MLA, 2 Storer St, Suite 203, Kennebunk, ME, 04043


 

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Check out this video created for the Australian Western Rock Lobster Council’s 2018 annual meeting describing the work and mission of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

Current News

Support the MLA Legal Defense Fund


The MLA is fighting to save Maine’s lobster fishery. We’ve made great progress but we need YOUR support to continue the fight. Please make your generous donation to MLA’s Legal Defense Fund today. More info here

7/9/2021 – MLA to Serve on OSW Roadmap Advisory Committee

“The MLA is not a partner in the effort to bring offshore wind development to Maine, but instead, will participate to ensure that the interests of Maine’s commercial fishermen are voiced, heard and understood.”  Read the full letter

6/30/21- MLA Seeking Policy & Development Staff

The MLA is seeking a Policy and Advocacy Specialist and Director of Advancement. These are unique opportunities to support one of Maine’s most economically and culturally important industries READ MORE

5/31/21 – NOAA Releases Biological Opinion. MLA Update and Response

“While we are extremely concerned that NMFS has not addressed the major scientific deficiencies driving its overly aggressive risk reduction targets for U.S. fishermen,”stated Patrice McCarron, executive director of the MLA. READ MORE

Diabetes Risk Prevention Program Available to Maine Lobstermen

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: https://www.uspm.com/dpp/

 


Looking for specific information? Check the links below

Dredging

Financial Resources (COVID)

Health Insurance

Research (lobster tagging)

Surveys

 

 

Events

Aug
5
Thu
Rising to the Challenge: Whales, Wind and Waves @ Blue Hill Public Library
Aug 5 @ 6:30 pm

Join MCCF Executive Director, Paul Anderson, on Thursday, August 5 at 6:30pm at the Blue Hill Public Library as he discusses how a collaborative and ecosystem approach to science, management and engagement can help fishing communities to be resilient to change. Register online.

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Aug
9
Mon
Scoping Session- Restorative Aquaculture LLC in Harpswell @ Harpswell Town Hall
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Restorative Aquaculture LLC has scheduled a scoping session (i.e. informational meeting) for a proposed standard lease: a 9.89 acre site located in Middle Bay, east of Scrag Island. This proposal is for suspoended gear for Shellfish.

If the scoping session listed above is cancelled, an alternate scoping session will be held on August 11, 2021, at the same time and location. Notice of a cancellation will be posted on the Department’s website at https://www.maine.gov/dmr/index.html.

The applicant will present their draft plans to members of the public, who will then have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions of the applicant and provide feedback about the draft proposal. The purpose of the meeting is for the applicant to share their proposed plans with the public. It does not determine the final outcome of the proposals. Provided the applicant submits final applications, a public hearing(s) on those proposals would eventually be held. At the public hearing(s), DMR would take evidence and testimony about the proposals as they relate to the applicable lease decision criteria. A final decision would be based on the relevant evidence and testimony provided at the public hearing(s).

You can participate in the scoping session or contact the applicant. 

A copy of the draft lease application, which includes the applicant’s contact information is available on DMR’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/leases/draftstandardapps.html.

 

Maine Department of Marine Resources Attn: Aquaculture Division 21 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0021

 

 

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Aquaculture Lease Hearing-Frenchmen Bay Oyster Co, Sorrento @ Sorrento Town Hall
Aug 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The DMR is holding a public hearing to take evidence on an aquaculture lease application for the following:

 

Applicant Name and Lease Type Frenchman Bay Oyster Company, LLC ☐ Experimental Lease

Standard Lease

Culture Type Bottom culture

(No gear)

Suspended culture

(Gear on bottom and/or suspended)

Species Shellfish         ☐Marine algae         ☐Finfish                  ☐Other
General Location, Town West and South of Ingalls Island, Sullivan Harbor, Sorrento
Acreage Requested 5.85 acres
Lease Term Requested 20 years

 

The public hearing on this application has been scheduled as follow:

 

August 9, 2021

3:00 p.m.

Sorrento Town Hall

79 Pomola Avenue

Sorrento, ME 04677

 

If the public hearing listed above is postponed an alternate public hearing will be held on August 10, 2021 at the same time. Notice of a postponement will be posted on the Department’s website.

 

PARTICIPATING IN THE HEARING: Any interested person may attend the hearing and ask questions of the parties or testify under oath about the effect of the proposed lease. To help manage the proceeding, interested persons need complete an online registration form no later than 5:00 p.m., July 25, 2021. If you are unable to register online or need assistance with the form, please contact DMR.

 

Online registration can be completed at:

https://www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/meetinglist.html.

 

INTERVENING: Applications to intervene need to be received by DMR no later than 5:00 p.m.,

July 25, 2021. DMR will decide whether to grant intervenor applications five days before the hearing. If you are granted intervenor status, you become a legal party to the proceeding. See the contact information below to request an intervenor application from DMR. You do not need to be an intervenor to participate in the proceeding.

 

INFORMATION ON DMR WEBSITE: See DMR’s website, for the lease application and DMR site report: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/leases/pending/index.html .

 

Address questions to:

Maine Department of Marine Resources

Attn: Aquaculture Division

21 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0021

(207) 624-6567

Send e-mails to DMRaquaculture@maine.gov

 

For disability accommodations, contact Melissa Macaluso at:

(207) 624-6553, Melissa.Macaluso@maine.gov; or 877-243-2823, TTY 711

 

RELEVANT AUTHORITY: Chapter 2 of DMR regulations; 5 M.R.S.A. §9501 et seq. & 12 M.R.S.A. §6072(1) et seq., & 12 M.R.S.A. §6072-A(1) et seq.

 

 

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Aug
14
Sat
Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races @ Town Dock
Aug 14 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Boat race is part of the Downeast Maine Lobster Festival held in town!

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.


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Winter Harbor Lobster Festival
Aug 14 all-day

The 57th annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival will be held on August 14, 2021. Come for a fun-filled day of shopping and fun. This festival will feature 5k road race, blueberry pancake breakfast, a craft fair, lobster boat races, parade, delicious food and much more. Free admission. Hours: 9am-4:30pm

 

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Aug
15
Sun
Merritt Brackett Lobster Boat Races @ State Park Restaurant
Aug 15 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.


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Aug
17
Tue
Tall Tales, Fish Tails & Damn Lies @ REACH Performing Arts Center
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm

Gather for an evening of music and words from a fishing community at the REACH Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, August 17 at 6:00pm.

$25 general admission

Purchase tickets.

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