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Stand Up for Maine Lobstermen
Check out this website and 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 website and the video featuring lobstermen Dwight Carver, Mike Sargent and Chris Welch. These guys did a great job representing our industry – you make us proud! Check out the website HERE.
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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.
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.
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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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The fourth annual Cook’s Lobster and Ale House Benefit 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. Local lobstermen, fishermen and local food companies are donating seafood 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. Geary Brewing Company, Maine’s iconic and original brewer will be on hand with a classic ale and a brand new IP, Pulling Traps. Look also for drinks with Tito’s Vodka, who is sponsoring us for the second year. 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 has become a yearly event to benefit the MLCA Relief Fund. You can find out more about the fund and the MLCA at www.mlcalliance.org.