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2. Make a contribution to the Legal Defense Fund

3. Make a contribution to the MLA and the work that we do by mailing a check to:
MLA, 2 Storer St, Suite 203, Kennebunk, ME, 04043


 

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9/1/2021 – Final Whale Rules Published

Yesterday, NOAA announced the Final Whale Rule in order to complete Phase 1 of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. Gear changes will go into effect May 1st, 2022, but the changes to the seasonally restricted areas will begin 30 days after the publication date (estimated to be September 1st). The MLA has summarized the new rules which can be seen HERE along with our statement and statements from industry leaders.

Final Whale Rule Published 9/1/2021

7/9/2021 – MLA to Serve on OSW Roadmap Advisory Committee

“The MLA is not a partner in the effort to bring offshore wind development to Maine, but instead, will participate to ensure that the interests of Maine’s commercial fishermen are voiced, heard and understood.”  Read the full letter

 

 


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Health Insurance

Research (lobster tagging)

Surveys

 

 

Events

Sep
27
Mon
Aquaculture Lease Hearing-Harraseeket Oyster Co, LLC, Freeport @ Freeport Community Center, Bradley Room
Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The DMR is holding a public hearing to take evidence on an aquaculture lease application for the following:

Applicant Name and Lease Type Harraseeket Oyster Co, LLC.

 

☐ Experimental Lease

Standard Lease

Culture Type Bottom culture

(No gear)

Suspended culture

(Gear on bottom and/or suspended)

Species Shellfish         ☐Marine algae         ☐Finfish                 ☐Other
General Location, waterbody, Town Southeast of Stockbridge Point, Inner Casco Bay, Freeport
Acreage and Lease Term Requested 7.00 Acres Term: 20 Years

The public hearing on this application has been scheduled as follows:

SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

3:00 P.M.

FREEPORT COMMUNITY CENTER, BRADLEY ROOM

53 DEPOT STREET, FREEPORT, ME

 If the September 27, 2021 public hearing is postponed or continued, an alternate public hearing will be held on September 28, 2021 at the same time and format. Notice of a postponement or a continuance will be posted on DMR’s website.

INFORMATION ON DMR WEBSITE: See DMR’s website for the lease application and DMR site report: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/leases/pending/index.html

 REGISTERING FOR THE HEARING: The hearing will be conducted in-person and remotely in accordance with the adjudicatory proceeding provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act (5 M.R.S.A., ch. 375, subchapter 4). Persons wishing to attend the hearing and ask questions of the parties or testify under oath about the effect of the proposed lease must register to participate. Interested persons need to complete an online registration form no later than 5:00 p.m., August 8, 2021. If you are unable to register online or need assistance with the form, please contact DMR.

Online registration can be completed at: https://www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/meetinglist.html.

INTERVENING: Applications to intervene need to be received by DMR no later than 5:00 p.m., September 12, 2021. DMR will decide whether to grant intervenor applications five days before the hearing. If you are granted intervenor status, you become a legal party to the proceeding. See the contact information below to request an intervenor application from DMR. You do not need to be an intervenor to participate in the proceeding.

Address questions to:

Maine Department of Marine Resources

Attn: Aquaculture Division

21 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0021

(207) 624-6567

Send e-mails to DMRaquaculture@maine.gov

 For disability accommodations, contact Melissa Macaluso at: (207) 624-6553, Melissa.Macaluso@maine.gov; or 877-243-2823, TTY 711

RELEVANT AUTHORITY: Chapter 2 of DMR regulations; 5 M.R.S.A. §9501 et seq. & 12 M.R.S.A. §6072(1) et seq., & 12 M.R.S.A. §6072-A(1) et seq.

 

 

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Sep
28
Tue
Maine Offshore Wind Fisheries Working Group @ ONLINE
Sep 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The co-chairs are working towards finalizing the agendas for both meetings. We will send along additional information on agendas, presentations and other related meeting materials shortly.
Both of these meetings will be on the zoom platform. We will send separate notices with meeting links as we get closer to the scheduled meeting day.

 

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Oct
1
Fri
Phase 2 Large Whale Rule Scoping Call-In Day (Gillnet & other trap/pot fisheries) @ By Phone
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phase 2 Large Whale Rule Scoping Call-In Day (Gillnet & other trap/pot fisheries) @ By Phone

We are proposing to modify the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan) to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis), fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in U.S. East Coast gillnet, Atlantic mixed species trap/pot, and Mid-Atlantic lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fisheries to meet the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. These modifications are Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales and other large whales from U.S. commercial fisheries.

Phase 1 addresses the Northeast lobster/Jonah crab trap/pot fishery, and is currently in review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. We expect it to be finalized shortly. Please check the Plan page for updates.

We are requesting input and ideas for Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce the risk of entanglement to right, humpback, and fin whales in U.S. commercial fisheries managed under the Plan. As detailed below, stakeholders can participate by attending virtual meetings, calling in by phone on certain days, or sending written comments by email.

The scoping period runs through October 21, 2021.

Find out more about scoping.

Scoping Meetings Begin September 9, 2021

Scoping meetings will be held via webinar, and will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the days listed below. Days are designated for areas and gear types, though anyone is welcome to attend any meeting and may submit input on any regions/gear types at each meeting. Meetings will be recorded. To register for a webinar, visit our events page.

Call-In Days

If you would like to speak to someone at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office about your input on scoping, please call (978) 282-8479 on the following days and hours. Your phone call may be recorded to fully capture your input. If the phone line is busy, please leave a voicemail. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that the phone line WILL NOT be operational outside of these days and hours. 

Written Input

You may submit written input by October 21, 2021 to our email address:
nmfs.gar.ALWTRT2021@noaa.gov.

Check for Updates

Please check the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan page for updates and additional background information, which will be added in the coming weeks.

Questions?

Media: Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, 978-281-9103

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Oct
4
Mon
Phase 2 Large Whale Rule Scoping Call-In Day (Gillnet & other trap/pot fisheries) @ By Phone
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Phase 2 Large Whale Rule Scoping Call-In Day (Gillnet & other trap/pot fisheries) @ By Phone

We are proposing to modify the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan) to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis), fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in U.S. East Coast gillnet, Atlantic mixed species trap/pot, and Mid-Atlantic lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fisheries to meet the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. These modifications are Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales and other large whales from U.S. commercial fisheries.

Phase 1 addresses the Northeast lobster/Jonah crab trap/pot fishery, and is currently in review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. We expect it to be finalized shortly. Please check the Plan page for updates.

We are requesting input and ideas for Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce the risk of entanglement to right, humpback, and fin whales in U.S. commercial fisheries managed under the Plan. As detailed below, stakeholders can participate by attending virtual meetings, calling in by phone on certain days, or sending written comments by email.

The scoping period runs through October 21, 2021.

Find out more about scoping.

Scoping Meetings Begin September 9, 2021

Scoping meetings will be held via webinar, and will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the days listed below. Days are designated for areas and gear types, though anyone is welcome to attend any meeting and may submit input on any regions/gear types at each meeting. Meetings will be recorded. To register for a webinar, visit our events page.

Call-In Days

If you would like to speak to someone at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office about your input on scoping, please call (978) 282-8479 on the following days and hours. Your phone call may be recorded to fully capture your input. If the phone line is busy, please leave a voicemail. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that the phone line WILL NOT be operational outside of these days and hours. 

Written Input

You may submit written input by October 21, 2021 to our email address:
nmfs.gar.ALWTRT2021@noaa.gov.

Check for Updates

Please check the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan page for updates and additional background information, which will be added in the coming weeks.

Questions?

Media: Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, 978-281-9103

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Oct
7
Thu
MCCF Online Auction @ ONLINE
Oct 7 – Oct 24 all-day

MCCF’s online AUCTION goes live on Thursday, October 7! The auction is a great way to support MCCF’s work to sustain our fishing communities. Mark your calendars and plan to bid early and often on the array of exciting experiences, unique gift items, and tasty treats. We’ll share the link to the auction as soon as it goes live.

Items include: white water rafting at North Country Rivers, a week of dining out at local restaurants including, Fin & Fern and Stonecutters Kitchen, one week of daycare from Snappers Childcare Center, artwork by several area artists, Fujitsu heat pump from Percy L Brown, pottery by Melissa Greene, boat haul-out or put-in at Billings Diesel, and SO MUCH MORE!

Special thanks to our sponsors: Camden National Bank, Island Fishermen’s Wives, Island Fishing Gear & NAPA Auto, Puzzlewood Builders, and Seaside Pharmacy

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Oct
12
Tue
Phase 2 Large Whale Rule Scoping Call-In Day (Gillnet & other trap/pot fisheries) @ By Phone
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phase 2 Large Whale Rule Scoping Call-In Day (Gillnet & other trap/pot fisheries) @ By Phone

We are proposing to modify the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan) to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis), fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in U.S. East Coast gillnet, Atlantic mixed species trap/pot, and Mid-Atlantic lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fisheries to meet the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. These modifications are Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales and other large whales from U.S. commercial fisheries.

Phase 1 addresses the Northeast lobster/Jonah crab trap/pot fishery, and is currently in review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. We expect it to be finalized shortly. Please check the Plan page for updates.

We are requesting input and ideas for Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce the risk of entanglement to right, humpback, and fin whales in U.S. commercial fisheries managed under the Plan. As detailed below, stakeholders can participate by attending virtual meetings, calling in by phone on certain days, or sending written comments by email.

The scoping period runs through October 21, 2021.

Find out more about scoping.

Scoping Meetings Begin September 9, 2021

Scoping meetings will be held via webinar, and will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the days listed below. Days are designated for areas and gear types, though anyone is welcome to attend any meeting and may submit input on any regions/gear types at each meeting. Meetings will be recorded. To register for a webinar, visit our events page.

Call-In Days

If you would like to speak to someone at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office about your input on scoping, please call (978) 282-8479 on the following days and hours. Your phone call may be recorded to fully capture your input. If the phone line is busy, please leave a voicemail. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that the phone line WILL NOT be operational outside of these days and hours. 

Written Input

You may submit written input by October 21, 2021 to our email address:
nmfs.gar.ALWTRT2021@noaa.gov.

Check for Updates

Please check the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan page for updates and additional background information, which will be added in the coming weeks.

Questions?

Media: Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, 978-281-9103

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Oct
14
Thu
Phase 2 Large Whale Rule Scoping Meeting (Other trap fisheries) @ ONLINE
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phase 2 Large Whale Rule Scoping Meeting (Other trap fisheries) @ ONLINE

We are proposing to modify the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan) to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis), fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in U.S. East Coast gillnet, Atlantic mixed species trap/pot, and Mid-Atlantic lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fisheries to meet the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. These modifications are Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales and other large whales from U.S. commercial fisheries.

Phase 1 addresses the Northeast lobster/Jonah crab trap/pot fishery, and is currently in review at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. We expect it to be finalized shortly. Please check the Plan page for updates.

We are requesting input and ideas for Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce the risk of entanglement to right, humpback, and fin whales in U.S. commercial fisheries managed under the Plan. As detailed below, stakeholders can participate by attending virtual meetings, calling in by phone on certain days, or sending written comments by email.

The scoping period runs through October 21, 2021.

Find out more about scoping.

Scoping Meetings Begin September 9, 2021

Scoping meetings will be held via webinar, and will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the days listed below. Days are designated for areas and gear types, though anyone is welcome to attend any meeting and may submit input on any regions/gear types at each meeting. Meetings will be recorded. To register for a webinar, visit our events page.

Written Input

You may submit written input by October 21, 2021 to our email address:
nmfs.gar.ALWTRT2021@noaa.gov.

Check for Updates

Please check the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan page for updates and additional background information, which will be added in the coming weeks.

Questions?

Media: Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, 978-281-9103

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