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Maine Lobstermen’s Association withdraws from TRT April 2019 agreement due to “serious data flaws”
New analysis raises doubt on the effectiveness of a right whale protection agreement established in April
On August 30, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) sent a letter to Chris Oliver, head of NOAA Fisheries, withdrawing support for the April 2019 Take Reduction Team (TRT) agreement due to serious flaws in the data presented to the TRT and in the agreement process. The TRT agreement calls for Maine lobstermen to reduce its risk to right whales by 60%. Continue Reading Here
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.
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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A public hearing related to this proposal is currently planned for 9:30 a.m. on September 20, 2019, at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine. See the proposed rule for additional information. Check this page for any changes before traveling to the hearing. Audio access to the hearing will be available with a listen-only teleconference line at (844) 884-8829 (Conference ID = 6273319).
Enjoy a late summer sunset along the riverside with some of Maine’s best brewers! Plus food trucks will be on-site with a variety of delicious offerings.Confirmed participants for 2019 include Moderation Brewing Company, Sasanoa Brewing, Flight Deck Brewing, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company, and Whaleback Cider. Sample recent releases from your favorite brewers or discover a new favorite; either way it’s beer on the pier!
This is a 21+ event.
DMR has announced proposed state regulations to get better spatial information from harvester reporting and implement new gear marking requirements for the lobster fishery in 2020. DMR will hold a public hearing at their office in Augusta on Oct 2 at 3:30 and 4pm.
Chapter 8-Landings (This filing would also update Chapters 36 and 41): This proposed rule would update reporting requirements for lobster license holders to replace “distance from shore” with a 10-minute square, and also require the reporting of the number of endlines hauled that fishing trip. It would replace references to the IVR herring permit in Chapters 8 and 36 with a herring permit. Finally, it would require individuals intending to participate in the menhaden fishery to obtain a menhaden permit on their commercial pelagic and anadromous license, to facilitate proper reporting in that fishery as required in Chapter 41. Public hearing October 2, 2019, 3:30PM, DMR Augusta Office, Augusta
Chapter 75-Protected Resources: There is an existing regulatory requirement for persons fishing lobster gear and trap/pot gear to mark their buoy lines with specific red marks in the sliver area and in federal waters. This proposed regulation removes the requirement for the red marks and would instead require persons fishing lobster gear and trap/pot gear in all Maine coastal waters to mark their buoy line with three purple 12-inch marks: one at the top of the buoy line, one midway along the buoy line, and one at the bottom of the buoy line. In addition, each buoy line must be marked with a 36-inch purple mark in the top two fathom of buoy line. Finally, all lobster gear and trap/pot gear fished from head of tide out to the Exemption line would be required to have an additional green mark of a minimum of 6-inches in the top two fathom of buoy line. The new marking requirements would be required to be in place by April 1, 2020. Public hearing October 2 at 4:00 PM, DMR Offices Marquardt Building Room 118.
|To view the complete filing for the respective rule, please click here. Written comments need to be submitted by the deadline noted in the filing. Written comments may be emailed, mailed, or faxed to the address provided below. |
Mail: Maine Department of Marine Resources
Attn: Amanda Ellis
21 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0021
The next meeting of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association Directors will take place at Darby’s Restaurant in Belfast, Maine.
It is very likely we’ll be talking about whales and bait and maybe some legal stuff too.
If you would like to attend, please contact your local Director (find your Director HERE) or call the office at 207-967-4555.