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With major issues facing Maine’s lobster industry, Your membership matters more than ever. Join or renew today.  New members only $200.

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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

Check out this excellent video

explaining the Maine lobster industry’s long history of sustainability practices and its ongoing commitment to right whale protections.
Thank you to the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative for producing this video featuring lobstermen Dwight Carver, Mike Sargent and Chris Welch. You all did a great job representing our industry – you make us proud!
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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. With 18 deaths in 2017, major pressure is on the industry to make changes. 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.

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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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Events

Jul
19
Fri
Yarmouth Clam Festival @ Main Street
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day
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Every year approximately thirty non-profit groups volunteer thousands and thousands of hours to bring the Festival to life. Come join us for a long weekend (always the 3rd Friday in July) and enjoy all that we have to offer; Friday night parade, Saturday night fireworks, live music from 3 stages, fantastic food served by our non-profit volunteers, arts & crafts shows, road races and more. The Carnival on the Midway opens Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday. All other Festival activities start Friday at 10:00 am

Jul
21
Sun
Maine Lobster Boat Race-Friendship @ Friendship
Jul 21 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.

Jul
23
Tue
Cafe Sci Event – An Ocean of Life: One Drop of Seawater, One Million Organisms @ Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

**the event is free but registration is requested as seating is limited**

An Ocean of Life:

One Drop of Seawater, One Million Organisms

Led by Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas

The Human Genome Project forever changed the field of biology when it published the first genetic blueprint of a human being in 2000. Today, scientists have expanded upon those methods and are working to map the blueprints of marine microorganisms – millions of which live in each teaspoon of seawater. Using novel molecular techniques developed at Bigelow Laboratory, researchers have built the largest library of single-celled microbe genomes to date. Join Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas to discuss the multitudes contained in a single drop of seawater, and the technologies that are revealing this incredible diversity.


About Café Sci

Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Sci is a fun, free way for you to engage with ocean researchers on critical issues and groundbreaking science. Pick a chair, grab a drink, and let’s talk about the mysteries, challenges, and opportunities of the sea.

We’re looking forward to our 2019 Café Sci series, which is again being made possible through sponsorship by HM Payson. Each event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. We hope to see you there, as well as at our annual open house on Friday, July 19.

Seating is limited at this popular summer series. Please register today!

Jul
24
Wed
2019 Scallop Plan Development Team Meeting @ Mariners House
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am

NEFMC Calendar

Scallop PDT Agenda

Agenda:

•Amendment 21: Develop draft alternatives based on Committee tasking, and consider data needs for affected environment and analysis of valued ecosystem components (VECS).

•FY2018 & FY2019: Review landings and VMS data.

•Georges Bank yellowtail flounder (GBYT): Consider results of conservation engineering studies focused on reducing bycatch of GBYT, as well as bycatch estimates from observer data. Develop options for mitigating impacts on this stock, and discuss a draft memo to Groundfish PDT.

•2019 Surveys –Discuss timelines, standardization, and outputs for FW32.

•Other business may be discussed.

 

 

 

Jul
28
Sun
Harpswell Lobster Boat Races @ Potts Harbor
Jul 28 all-day
Registration is at 8am at Erica’s Seafood
Race Starts at 10am
*In the event of bad weather the races will take place the following Sunday, August 4, 2019.*
 

The races are best watched by water, and will feature 31 race classes with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish. All race proceeds will be donated to The Harpswell Santa Fund.

About The Harpswell Lobster Boat Races
There is nothing more uniquely Maine than a day at the Harpswell Lobster Boat Races! For nearly 30 years, the Harpswell Lobster Boat Races have attracted fishermen, boat builders, and race fans alike due to the venue’s extreme beauty and fun, family atmosphere.

About Maine’s Lobster Boat Racing Association
Maine’s lobster boat racing circuit starts in Boothbay and ends in Portland, drawing boats from all over the state of Maine up and down the coast.

The townspeople of Harpswell, Maine have come together to rejoin Maine’s summer lobster boat racing circuit in 2019. “Anyone who knows Harpswell understands how much this event has meant to our town,” said Larry Ward, Harpswell Lobster Boat Races Committee Member. “We’ve been enjoying the races in our town for nearly 30 years, and most of us have grown up looking forward to them every Summer. It was a shame that Harpswell had to take a break due to a shortage of volunteers, but I can assure you we’re stronger than ever and we’re all committed to making this a great venue for locals, tourists and surrounding businesses for generations to come.”
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Harpswell Lobster Boat Races 2019
Jul
30
Tue
Cafe Sci Event – Ends of the Earth: A Year of Research In the Arctic and Antarctic @ Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Jul 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

**the event is free but registration is requested as seating is limited**

nds of the Earth:

A Year of Research In the Arctic and Antarctic

Led by Dr. Paty Matrai

Microbes thrive everywhere, even in harsh and uninviting polar regions. In a single 12-month period, Dr. Paty Matrai’s research team traveled to both the Western Antarctic Peninsula and the North Pole to study interactions between ocean bacteria and phytoplankton. In both places, their goal was to understand how these interactions effect the important gases and aerosols that contribute to cloud formation. Join Dr. Matrai to discuss how marine microbes shape clouds, which help control the temperature of our planet.


About Café Sci

Bigelow Laboratory’s Café Sci is a fun, free way for you to engage with ocean researchers on critical issues and groundbreaking science. Pick a chair, grab a drink, and let’s talk about the mysteries, challenges, and opportunities of the sea.

We’re looking forward to our 2019 Café Sci series, which is again being made possible through sponsorship by HM Payson. Each event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. We hope to see you there, as well as at our annual open house on Friday, July 19.

Seating is limited at this popular summer series. Please register today!

Jul
31
Wed
Maine Lobster Festival @ Harbor Park
Jul 31 – Aug 4 all-day

We can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful mid-coast Maine and the world-renowned Maine Lobster Festival!

The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine. This annual event takes place during the first weekend of August, from Wednesday through Sunday. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Rockland, Maine, each year with the promise of fresh, local lobster dinners, nationally renowned entertainers, cooking contests, carnival rides, Maine craftsmen and artists.

What started as an idea for a local marine festival to revive Midcoast Maine communities has turned into an internationally-recognized celebration of local seafood. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts visitors from as near as Owls Head, Maine, to visitors from countries throughout Europe and Asia.

Since 1947, the Maine Lobster Festival has given more than $500,000 to Midcoast Maine’s communities. As a non-profit organization, the Maine Lobster Festival donates all proceeds back to the Midcoast Maine communities each year. We support local food pantries, high school sports teams, community service groups, local emergency services, and offer college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

The Maine Lobster Festival is run exclusively by volunteers. More than 1,300 volunteers from the community and “from away” help us year after year on the festival grounds. From our board of directors right down to the wonderful men and women who serve lobster dinners to our visitors, our hard work is repaid in the form of happy visitors and the satisfaction of supporting Maine’s lobster industry.

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The festival wouldn’t happen each year without our more than 1,100 volunteers. Our volunteers come from our local community and all over the country. Learn how you can volunteer and earn one of our highly coveted Maine Lobster Festival volunteer T-shirts!

Tickets Available HERE!!!

 

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