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Maine Lobstermen’s Association responds to Chis Oliver’s letter
October 11, 2019 – The MLA has issued the following statement in response to NOAA Assistant Administrator, Chris Oliver’s, October 2nd letter to the MLA. You can read the statement 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
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.
Maine NH Trawl Survey Begins Sept. 23rd, 2019
The fall survey is scheduled to begin in New Hampshire waters on September 23, working its way east to finish up about October 25 northeast of Cutler. Fishing will be the first 5 good days each week, using the weekend to make up for bad weather or equipment problems. This should enable a predictable schedule as the survey moves up the coast. The vessel is a white fiberglass Northeast 54’, the F/V Robert Michael of Portland, Captained by Rob Tetrault. For more information, read on.
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