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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

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.

NEC Life Jackets

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Lobster fishing deaths accounted for the highest number of occupational fatalities in East Coast fisheries from 2010-2014. Most of these deaths were related to falls overboard (50%) or vessel disasters (30%) and based on fatality report narratives, none of the recovered victims was wearing a lifejacket.

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Comments due to NMFS on Herring Amendment 8
Nov 25 all-day
The Rockland 2019 Annual Festival of Lights Celebration @ Maine Street, Rockland, Maine
Nov 29 – Dec 1 all-day

The 2019 Annual Festival of Lights Celebration is a production of Rockland Main Street, and sponsored by the Island Institute.

New England Fishery Management Council meeting @ Hotel Viking
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day
Boatshop Workshop: Shaker Box Making @ Maine Maritime Museum
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
MLA Board of Directors Meeting @ Darby's Restaurant
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The next meeting of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association Directors will take place at Darby’s Restaurant in Belfast, Maine.

It is very likely we’ll be talking about whales and bait.

If you would like to attend, please contact your local Director (find your Director HERE) or call the office at 207-967-4555.

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
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