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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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Current News

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.

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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.

DMR Spring Trawl Survey 2019

The Spring ME-NH trawl survey conducted by the State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources is scheduled to begin April 29 in New Hampshire, working east to Lubec. The ME-NH trawl survey provides valuable information for the management of important commercially harvested species. Gear in the path of scheduled tows can cause delays or cancellation and could jeopardize the use of quality data for state and federal lobster and finfish management.

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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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Events

Jun
18
Tue
Zone A Whale Meeting @ Washington Academy Gym
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In the coming weeks, DMR will hold meetings with the 7 Lobster Zone Councils to facilitate the development of a plan that meets targets established by the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team lobster-trap rope(TRT) for right whale protection.

The measures put forward by the TRT are driven by federal laws designed to protect whales – the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).  Because of the current status of right whales, the ESA and the MMPA require action, and action will be taken by NOAA if Maine fails to come up with a plan that meets their goal.

As a reminder, the TRT has recommended broad measures for Maine that include removing 50 percent of vertical lines from the Gulf of Maine and the use of a weak rope topper.

I’m committed to working with industry to guide the development of a plan to present to the National Marine Fisheries Service that is informed by your unique knowledge and insight.  We will present proposals for your consideration that come from an analysis of vertical line data and fishing practices along the coast.

For this process to work, your input is critical.

Patrick C. Keliher
Commissioner
Maine Department of Marine Resources

Jun
20
Thu
Zone D Whale Meeting @ Camden High School Gym
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In the coming weeks, DMR will hold meetings with the 7 Lobster Zone Councils to facilitate the development of a plan that meets targets established by the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team lobster-trap rope(TRT) for right whale protection.

The measures put forward by the TRT are driven by federal laws designed to protect whales – the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).  Because of the current status of right whales, the ESA and the MMPA require action, and action will be taken by NOAA if Maine fails to come up with a plan that meets their goal.

As a reminder, the TRT has recommended broad measures for Maine that include removing 50 percent of vertical lines from the Gulf of Maine and the use of a weak rope topper.

I’m committed to working with industry to guide the development of a plan to present to the National Marine Fisheries Service that is informed by your unique knowledge and insight.  We will present proposals for your consideration that come from an analysis of vertical line data and fishing practices along the coast.

For this process to work, your input is critical.

Patrick C. Keliher
Commissioner
Maine Department of Marine Resources

Zone F Whale Meeting @ Freeport HS Performing Arts Center
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In the coming weeks, DMR will hold meetings with the 7 Lobster Zone Councils to facilitate the development of a plan that meets targets established by the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team lobster-trap rope(TRT) for right whale protection.

The measures put forward by the TRT are driven by federal laws designed to protect whales – the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).  Because of the current status of right whales, the ESA and the MMPA require action, and action will be taken by NOAA if Maine fails to come up with a plan that meets their goal.

As a reminder, the TRT has recommended broad measures for Maine that include removing 50 percent of vertical lines from the Gulf of Maine and the use of a weak rope topper.

I’m committed to working with industry to guide the development of a plan to present to the National Marine Fisheries Service that is informed by your unique knowledge and insight.  We will present proposals for your consideration that come from an analysis of vertical line data and fishing practices along the coast.

For this process to work, your input is critical.

Patrick C. Keliher
Commissioner
Maine Department of Marine Resources

Jun
21
Fri
Long Island Summer Kick Off BBQ- 2019 @ Long Island Community Center
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

June 21, 5:00
Long Island Community Center
Hot dogs will be provided, please bring a salad or dessert to share
Portland Public Health will be there to tell us more about the opioid epidemic and bystander response. They will also provide Narcan to individuals who would like to be prepared.
USM Nursing Casco Bay Partnership will be there to offer free Blood Pressure checks, Cholesterol and Glucose screenings as well as TDap vaccines.

Sponsored by the Long Island Wellness Council & Long Island Library

Jun
23
Sun
Maine Lobster Boat Race – Bass Harbor @ Bass Harbor
Jun 23 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.

Jun
29
Sat
Maine Lobster Boat Race -Moosabec Reach @ Moosabec Reach
Jun 29 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
7
Sun
Maine Lobster Boat Race -Stonington @ Stonington Harbor
Jul 7 all-day

The Fastest Boats on the Coast!

Overnight docking and fuel is available at Billings Diesel & Marine Service. There is a
public access boat ramp at Colwell’s next to the Isle au Haut Boat Services wharf.
Additional trailer parking is available at the ball field across from the Island Community
Center.
Registration for the races begins at 8:00am on the Stonington Commercial Fish Pier; this is
also the location of the Race Awards at the end of the event. Races start at 10:00am.
BE AWARE the red can on the north side of the track off the Isle au Haut Boat Services
wharf is marking a ledge. Remain on the south side.
The races will be broadcast on VHF Channel 10. For additional information contact
stoningtonlobsterboatraces@gmail.com – Genevieve McDonald @ 207 266 5113 or Cory
McDonald @ 207 664 4525.

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