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NMFS Releases 2019 Atlantic Herring Catch Limits

On February 7, 2019, NMFS released the 2019 Atlantic Herring Catch Limits.  Despite strident appeals from the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, among others, for a less severe cutback and for a redistribution of the area quotas, the agency determined that a 70% reduction in catch was necessary to keep the fishery healthy and stable.  Furthermore, the area quotas were not reallocated which means if Area 1A does not meet its quota, then those fish will not be caught at all. (The total catch could be less than what is allocated.)

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MLA Op-Ed in “Right Whale News” about cooperation of lobstermen

The Maine lobster industry has been actively engaged in efforts to protect right whales since the Take Reduction Team was formed in 1996. We recognize that right whales are in crisis and remain committed to doing our part to aid in the species’ recovery, as we have for more than two decades. During that time, Maine officials and lobstermen have implemented many measures to reduce the risk the lobster fishery poses to right whales. We are proud of our very high compliance rate, which demonstrates our commitment to protecting right whales. There is no protection for whales without buy-in from fishermen.

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MLA No Longer Provides Navigator

Due to recent Federal funding cuts, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association no longer has trained Navigators on staff. However, there are Navigators available statewide.  You can call the statewide navigator line at 1-855-806-7333.

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Scoping Meeting for NEFMC Scallop Amendment 21 @ Camden Room, Samoset Resort
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

The first scoping meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Rockport, ME in conjunction with the annual Maine Fishermen’sForum. The session will begin at 1 p.m. in the Camden Room at the
Samoset Resort.
“Given that we’ll be talking about Northern Gulf of Maine issues in this amendment, we wanted fishermen in Midcoast and Downeast Maine to have easy access to one of our scoping meetings,” said Balzano. “Maine is a big state, and we know some fishermen have to drive for hours to get to a New England Council meeting. That’s why we’re hoping people will take advantage of the opportunity at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum to let us know what they’d like to see considered for the Northern Gulf of Maine and LAGC IFQ issues.”

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Scallops – NEFMC Announces Amendment 21 Scoping Meetings

Maine Fishermen’s Forum @ Rockport, Maine
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 10:00 am

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Maine Lobstermen’s Association Annual Meeting @ Samoset Resort, Rockland
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am
Seafood Expo North America @ Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – Mar 19 @ 5:00 pm
BusTrip to Boston Seafood Show (Seafood Expo North America) @ Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Mar 18 all-day

Join the MLA for a FREE trip to the Boston Seafood Show! This all day trip puts you on a luxury coach ride to and from Boston and includes admittance to the

  • SEE how Maine lobster is marketed in a global market
  • TASTE seafood from all over the world
  • HEAR presentations on new seafood products
  • MEET seafood distributors and equipment manufacturers as well as industry reps from around the world
  • TOAST members of Maine’s own lobster community at the Maine Lobster reception
  • Bus leaves from Bangor at 7 am
  • Stops in Augusta at 8:30
  • Portland 9:30
  • Kennebunk 10:15
  • Arrive in Boston about noon/ 12:30 pm
  • Return to bus 6:45, Depart Boston 7 pm

Cost: $FREE thanks to our Sponsors!

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Hamilton Marine grand Opening Portland Location @ Hamiton Marine- Portland
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Maine Boatbuilder’s Show @ Portland Sports Complex
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm

A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work


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