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Vital Study of Lobster Gear Begins This Month
The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) study of vertical lines used in the lobster fishery kicks off in full this month. The three-year project, funded by a $714,000 grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Section 6 Species Recovery program, will study the strength of rope used by lobstermen in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Senators call for greater Canadian protections
A group of New England senators is calling on the U.S. government to speed up an analysis of Canada’s efforts to protect the endangeredNorth American right whale, and to consider trade action if Canada’s rules do not prove as strong as in the U.S. The senators say U.S. fishermen have made big sacrifices to reduce impacts on the whales. Now they’re calling on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to investigate whether fishermen in Canada are being held to similar standards. If not, they say, then NOAA should consider barring the import of Canadian seafood from the relevant fisheries. The letter to NOAA was co-signed by senators from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
Quota For Herring Expected to Drop in 2019
Nothing chills the hearts of lobstermen more than the prospect of a bait shortage. Herring comprise the majority of bait purchased by Maine’s approximately 4,500 licensed lobstermen and even the whisper of a possible shortage causes lobstermen to mutter grimly over the marine radio.
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The third annual Cook’s Lobster and Ale House Benefit Party for the MLCA Relief Fund is here!
The MLCA supports a relief fund to benefit the distressed families and children of lobstermen experiencing hardship due to illness or tragedy.
10% of all food purchases all day will go directly the MLCA’s Lobstermen’s Relief Fund. Sysco foods and local lobstermen are donating steak, chicken, and lobster which will then be created into mouth-watering specials by Chef JB Dubois. The full price of these specials go entirely to the fund. D.L. Geary brewing, Maine’s iconic and original brewer will be on hand with a classic ale and a new lager, and live music by Snughouse will resonate from the beautiful outdoor deck. Lastly, an all day silent auction will be on-going with donations from local restaurants, breweries, artists, inns, and businesses all about the water. This event is for lobstermen and lobster-lovers alike, so come on down and enjoy a beautiful September evening on the water at Cook’s Lobster and Ale House! Boat tie-ups are available.
Moved by the 2016 death of young lobsterman Jon Popham, Cook’s Lobster and Ale House began what they hope will be a yearly event to benefit the MLCA Relief Fund. You an find out more about the fund and the MLCA at www.mlcalliance.org.