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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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Adaptation to Whale Rules is part of Life for Maine’s Lobstermen

Maine is home to more than 4,800 licensed lobstermen operating along the coast. Those lobstermen represent fishing traditions that go back more than one hundred years. Within the small towns that dot the Maine coast, men and women head to sea each day as their parents and grandparents once did, using their hard-earned skills to capture lobsters and bring them to shore. Now that tradition is at risk as fishery regulators consider the need for increased protections for North Atlantic right whales, regulations which could threaten the livelihoods of these resolute lobstermen.

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Whale News

Senators call for greater Canadian protections
A group of New England senators is calling on the U.S. government to speed up an analysis of Canada’s efforts to protect the endangeredNorth American right whale, and to consider trade action if Canada’s rules do not prove as strong as in the U.S. The senators say U.S. fishermen have made big sacrifices to reduce impacts on the whales. Now they’re calling on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to investigate whether fishermen in Canada are being held to similar standards. If not, they say, then NOAA should consider barring the import of Canadian seafood from the relevant fisheries. The letter to NOAA was co-signed by senators from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

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Steaming Ahead – Bait Issues

Out of the frying pan into the fire…. We can now add a pending bait crisis to the list of major issues facing the Maine lobster industry.
The MLA has been hard at work informing lobstermen about the possibility of new whale rules, which will be discussed at the Take Reduction Team (TRT) meeting in October. To date, the MLA has convened eight meetings along the coast to update a diverse group of industry leaders about the status of right whales and the pressure facing our industry to implement additional whale protection measures. These meetings have served to begin discussions about the state’s strategy at the fall TRT meeting. The MLA is also working to gain intervener status in the pending court case filed by several environmental groups against NMFS seeking stronger whale protection measures focused on the lobster industry. Ropeless fishing and the use of weak rope are two suggestions being pushed hard by many in the research and conservation communities. The potential for additional whale regulations is certainly one of the most significant issues ever to face Maine lobstermen and it has galvanized the MLA board of directors as well as the Department of Marine Resources.
So as the MLA works tirelessly to ensure that Maine’s lobster industry remains intact after this fall, we received devastating (though still preliminary) news that the herring fishery is likely to face drastic cuts in quota beginning in 2019.

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Events

Jul
22
Sun
Maine Lobster Boat Race-Friendship @ Friendship
Jul 22 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Jul
28
Sat
Hook Line & Dinner @ Cook's Lobster & Ale House
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association for our third annual Hook, Line & Dinner party and fundraiser! All proceeds benefit the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and our work to build a better and brighter future with diverse fishing businesses, robust fish stocks, and vibrant working coastal communities.

If you love Maine seafood, Maine beer, and Maine music, this event is for you!

Indulge in a delicious fresh seafood dinner from Maine’s fishermen, satisfy your thirst with FREE beer provided by Allagash Brewing Company, Definitive Brewing Company, Flight Deck Brewing, and Rising Tide Brewing Company, and dance to the soundtrack provided by Maine native, The Mallett Brothers Band. Other activities include a silent auction, a game of heads-and-tails for a prize, and yard games (weather permitting).

VIP tickets include early admission starting at 4:30, private acoustic set by The Mallett Brothers Band, an oyster bar provided by Lanes Island Oyster Co. and Mere Point Oyster Company, welcome toast with specialty cocktails from Beam Suntory Inc. and Green Bee, priority seating, and swag bag.

We are excited to celebrate Maine’s hardworking fishermen, seafood, and a salty way of life in a gorgeous iconic Maine spot at Cook’s Lobster and Ale House on Bailey Island.

This event is not 21+ but please bring your ID, bracelets will be issued at the door.

This event is RAIN OR SHINE.

Learn more about the event at https://www.mainecoastfishermen.org/hooklinedinner.

Jul
29
Sun
Harpswell Lobster Boat Races @ Potts Harbor
Jul 29 all-day
Harpswell is coming back to Maine’s lobster boat racing circuit! On Sunday, July 29th the races will return to Potts Harbor for the 27th annual Harpswell Lobster Boat Races. This is a free event for spectators.

The races are best watched by water, and will feature 31 race classes with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish. All race proceeds will be donated to The Harpswell Santa Fund.

Sponsorship packages are available now – don’t miss your chance to promote your local business while helping to bring back one of the town’s most popular Summer events!

For information about attending, racing, sponsoring or volunteering send us a message here on Facebook, by email at harpswellboatraces@gmail.com, or by calling Larry Ward 207-798-1725.

About The Harpswell Lobster Boat Races
There is nothing more uniquely Maine than a day at the Harpswell Lobster Boat Races! For nearly 30 years, the Harpswell Lobster Boat Races have attracted fishermen, boat builders, and race fans alike due to the venue’s extreme beauty and fun, family atmosphere.

About Maine’s Lobster Boat Racing Association
Maine’s lobster boat racing circuit starts in Boothbay and ends in Portland, drawing boats from all over the state of Maine up and down the coast.

*In the event of bad weather the races will take place the following Sunday, August 5, 2018.*Races Will Take Place Sunday, July 29 In Potts Harbor — Ending A 4-Year Hiatus For One Of The Town’s Most Popular Events.

The townspeople of Harpswell, Maine have come together to rejoin Maine’s summer lobster boat racing circuit in 2018. “Anyone who knows Harpswell understands how much this event has meant to our town,” said Larry Ward, Harpswell Lobster Boat Races Committee Member. “We’ve been enjoying the races in our town for nearly 30 years, and most of us have grown up looking forward to them every Summer. It was a shame that Harpswell had to take a break due to a shortage of volunteers, but I can assure you we’re stronger than ever and we’re all committed to making this a great venue for locals, tourists and surrounding businesses for generations to come.”
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Harpswell Lobster Boat Races 2018
The races start at 10 am.
Aug
1
Wed
Maine Lobster Festival @ Harbor Park
Aug 1 – Aug 5 all-day

We can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful midcoast Maine and the world-renowned Maine Lobster Festival!

The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine. This annual event takes place during the first weekend of August, from Wednesday through Sunday. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Rockland, Maine, each year with the promise of fresh, local lobster dinners, nationally renowned entertainers, cooking contests, carnival rides, Maine craftsmen and artists.

What started as an idea for a local marine festival to revive Midcoast Maine communities has turned into an internationally-recognized celebration of local seafood. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts visitors from as near as Owls Head, Maine, to visitors from countries throughout Europe and Asia.

Since 1947, the Maine Lobster Festival has given more than $500,000 to Midcoast Maine’s communities. As a non-profit organization, the Maine Lobster Festival donates all proceeds back to the Midcoast Maine communities each year. We support local food pantries, high school sports teams, community service groups, local emergency services, and offer college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

The Maine Lobster Festival is run exclusively by volunteers. More than 1,300 volunteers from the community and “from away” help us year after year on the festival grounds. From our board of directors right down to the wonderful men and women who serve lobster dinners to our visitors, our hard work is repaid in the form of happy visitors and the satisfaction of supporting Maine’s lobster industry.

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The festival wouldn’t happen each year without our more than 1,100 volunteers. Our volunteers come from our local community and all over the country. Learn how you can volunteer and earn one of our highly coveted Maine Lobster Festival volunteer T-shirts!

Aug
11
Sat
Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races @ Winter Harbor Town Dock
Aug 11 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

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