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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

Berried Lobster Tagging Project in Grand Manan


Help us track berried lobsters! GMWSRS (Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station) is conducting a berried lobster tagging project that will be carried out this fall/winter in LFA 38.   Click here to read more and to get log sheets!


It’s time to Sign up for the Boston Seafood Show!

On Monday March 16th the MLA is heading south to Boston attend the Seafood Expo North America, better known as the Boston Seafood Show. Join us on this memorable and information free trip! Register and Find out more here.  

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

Lifejackets For Lobstermen Wraps Up

The tour is over but you can see pictures of lobstermen throughout Maine who bought lifejackets. You can also read about how the project did overall. Click Here to find out more



Maine Ships in the Arctic @ Maine Maritime Museum
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Arctic regions have long drawn the interest of daring adventures. Several Maine-built ships and vessels have journeyed, explored, and worked in these dangerous ice and fog shrouded waters. Join historian and teacher Charles Lagerbom in a look at the history of numerous vessels that were launched in Maine and ventured to Arctic waters – with some not to return.

This event is FREE with admission.

ASMFC American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment Workshop @ University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Building #26, Large Conference Room (East Side of the building)
Feb 24 – Feb 27 all-day

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a second American Lobster Benchmark Stock Assessment Workshop on February 24 – 27 at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, 215 South Ferry Street, Narragansett, Rhode Island. 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.

For more information about the assessment or attending the upcoming workshop (space will be limited), please contact Caitlin Starks, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at or 703.842.0740.

* Each state and federal agency is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of its data and deciding who has access to its confidential data.  In the case of our stock assessments and peer reviews, all analysts and, if necessary, reviewers, have been granted permission by the appropriate agency to use and view confidential data. When the assessment team needs to show and discuss these data, observers to our stock assessment process are asked to leave the room to preserve confidentiality.

Scallop Advisory Panel Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport
Feb 26 all-day

Meeting notice and agenda to follow.

February 26, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport

100 Boardman Street Boston, MA 02128, US

NEFMC Scallop Advisory Panel Meeting website.


Scallop Committee Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport
Feb 27 all-day

Meeting notice and agenda to follow.

February 27, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport

100 Boardman Street Boston, MA 02128, US

New England Fishery Management Council Scallop Committe Meeting Website


Herring Committee Meeting @ Four Points by Sheraton
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm



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45th Maine Fishermen’s Forum @ Samoset Resort
Mar 5 – Mar 7 all-day

Samoset Resort
220 Warrenton St
Rockport, Maine 04841

Maine Fishermen’s Forum Website

The Effect of Climate Change on Maine’s Infamous Winters @ Maine Maritime Museum
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Maine State Climatologist, Sean Birkel, focuses his research on finding ways to effectively model changes in the local climate and arctic ice sheets. Sean will translate his data and observations to reveal how and why Maine’s winters are evolving and their effect on Maine’s tourism and industry.”

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