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Support the MLA Legal Defense Fund

The MLA is fighting to save Maine’s lobster fishery. We’ve made great progress but we need YOUR support to continue the fight. Please make your generous donation to MLA’s Legal Defense Fund today.  Find out more here

12/3/20: USDA Seafood Trade Relief Program deadline extended to Jan 14th

The U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP) for Maine lobstermen and other U.S. commercial fishermen who have been “impacted by trade actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of exports.” Detailed information and links to resources on the program are available here.

10/20/20-MLA Responds to Maine Wind Power Announcement

Governor Mills’ announcement that her administration plans to move forward with an offshore wind research array off southern Maine was not welcome news for the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA). The MLA recently wrote to Governor Mills expressing the Association’s concerns continue reading

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Through December 15th

You or family members can apply for health insurance beginning on November 1st. Time is short! Applications need to be completed by December 15th. Find out  more here.

Diabetes Risk Prevention Program Available to Maine Lobstermen

If you’re overweight, physically inactive, or 45+ years old, you may be at risk for this silent killer. As an MLA member, you can delay or even reverse the onset of diabetes with The Preventive Plan, a wellness program we’re making 100% free to you… Space is limited, so find out if you are at risk, and reserve your seat today:

10/25/20: Berried Lobster Tagging Project Continues in Grand Manan

 Found a tagged lobster? Found a lobster with a funny grey Tidbit? It’s the Grand Manan Whale Seabird Research Station lobster tagging study! Find out how to REPORT A TAGGED LOBSTER here.

Get the most recent information about Financial Resources for the lobster industry here

This page lists the multiple ways fishermen, sternmen and others in Maine lobster industry can find financial relief. CLICK HERE

Dredging & Survey Project Links

Wood Island/Biddeford Pool Dredge

Rockland Fish Pier Dredge

Rye NH Dredge Project

Kennebec River BIW Dredge


**Most Events are Tentatively scheduled – Please check websites for more details
Oct 13 – Dec 31 all-day

Due to the pandemic, most meetings and events have tentative dates or may become virtual events. Please check individual websites for more information. 


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Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude @ Kennebunkport, ME
Dec 3 – Dec 13 all-day
Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude @ Kennebunkport, ME

Christmas Prelude From Your Couch

A reimagined Christmas Prelude places emphasis on pre-recorded, virtual events

KENNEBUNKPORT – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Prelude in town, but the 39th year has been reimagined for the times.

“Christmas Prelude will be very different this year, with an emphasis on keeping everyone safe,” said Kennebunkport Business Association President Paul Humphrey of Mornings in Paris. “There will still be wonderful activities for the whole family via marvelous, pre-recorded virtual programming to really take people behind the scenes here in Kennebunkport.”
That virtual programming will include the ever-popular Hat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5, with people able to sign up now online, and participate in the “parade” through the wonders of Zoom. Prizes will be sent to the winners.
All of Prelude’s signature events – the Dock Square and Cape Porpoise tree lightings, caroling at the monastery, Santa arriving by lobster boat – will be pre-recorded and virtual this year, along with cooking and cocktail classes, shopping nights, a tour of White Columns and Dock Square, the story of the history of Prelude, a tree and wreath festival and Santa reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in front of a fire each evening.
“I think people will really be surprised by the many offerings online, all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own couch,” Humphrey said.
The town will still be decked out and stores and restaurants open, with some activities in place that will meet very stringent CDC guidelines to keep people safe.
“We really want people to shop and spend locally, Humphrey said, noting that both in-person and virtual shopping will be available to help boost Kennebunkport merchants. “Masks and social distancing are required for all, as we work to keep Kennebunkport a safe place to live, work and visit.”
The schedule is being updated daily, so be sure to check and follow Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude on Facebook and Instagram.


Christmas Prelude has been brought to you for 39 magical years by the Kennebunkport Business Association, an all-volunteer group that works to plan the events all year long.

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Used Bib Drop Kennebunkport @ Beachgrass Shop
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm

Join Rugged Seas at Beach Grass Gift Shop in Kennebunkport during the first weekend of Prelude and bring your old bibs!

They’ll be items for giveaway so come on by and say hi!

See all the full line up of Rugged Seas Products made of old bibs at or on Instagram


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First Annual Christmas Stuff-A-Boat – Kittery area @ Traip Academy Boat ramp
Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Help give a very Merry Chritmas to Kittery (and surround area) Kids!

from lobsterman Steve Lawrence:

2020 has been a wicked difficult year for many families and for many reasons. So my friend Kelly and i thought its a great chance to do something down east cool and try to help out a lot of families in the local area..The 1st annual stuff a lobster boat is what were thinking is going to be absolutely EPIC on DEC 5 TH FROM NOON TO 6 PM AT THE TRAIP ACADEMY BOAT LAUNCH FLOATS THE RUTH ILENE III will be decorated to the max waiting to fill the deck full .Southern maine crabs will have the box truck there to also stuff and transport all the loot. Pastor Brad Hirst and the kittery RSO JAY and the KPD will be distributing the loot to the local area families..We will have several things going on during the afternoon Santa claus and elvs for curb side drop off so people can just stay in the vehicle. A lobster raffle to further help finance the loot purchase for older kids .so please come help spread Christmas cheer and positivity towards our neighbors that just need a little help gift card for market basket will be greatly appreciated for xmas dinner baskets as well .Also please keep in mind this is for AREA FAMILIES not just kittery kittery point ooo ya please practice social distancing and wear a mask thanks lets make this EPIC

This will take place from 12:00pm-6:00pm at the Traip Academy Boat Launch in Kittery. A raffle will also be held during that time with the winner being announced at 6:00pm. Raffle tickets will be $5 each, and you will win 12 live lobsters and 12 live Jonah crabs. Available for pickup any time from Dec. 5th-23rd.
Please remember to social distance yourselves and wear masks when applicable.
For More Information, please contact Jillian at Southern Maine Crabs LLC  207-450-0883 or lobsterman Steve Lawrence through Facebook
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Harpswell- Aquaculture Public Scoping Session- ONLINE
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm

The Department of Marine Resources has received a draft aquaculture lease application for the following:

Applicant: Timothy M. Johnson
Culture Type: ☒ Bottom culture (No gear)
Species: ☒ Shellfish ☐Marine algae ☐Finfish ☐Other
General Location, Town: Southeast of Barnes Point, Middle Bay, Brunswick and Harpswell
Lease Size and Term: 17.00 Acres Lease Term: 20 years

If the scoping session listed above is cancelled, an alternate scoping session will be held on
December 9, 2020, at the same time and via Zoom. Notice of a cancellation will be posted on the Department’s website at

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Islesboro – Aquaculture Public Scoping Session- ONLINE
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm

The Department of Marine Resources has received a draft aquaculture lease application for the following:

Applicant:  Islesboro Marine Enterprises, Inc.
Culture Type: ☒ Suspended culture (Gear on bottom and/or suspended)
Species: ☒ Shellfish ☒Marine algae ☐Finfish ☐Other
General Location, Town:  Northeast of Flat Island, Penobscot Bay, Islesboro
Lease Size and Term: 6.00 Acres Lease Term: 20 years

If the scoping session listed above is cancelled, an alternate scoping session will be held on
December 8, 2020 at the same time and via Zoom. Notice of a cancellation will be posted on the Department’s website at

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Scallop Advisory Panel- ONLINE
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am


The Scallop Advisory Panel will meet to discuss:

  • Framework 33: Receive an update on a range of potential allocations for the 2021 and 2022 fishing years. The primary focus of this meeting will be to develop input a range of specification alternatives and management measures for FY 2021 and FY 2022 that will be included in Framework 33. Framework 33 will set specifications including ABC/ACLs, days-at-sea, access area allocations, total allowable catch for the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) management area, targets for General Category incidental catch, General Category access area trips and trip accounting, and set-asides for the observer and research programs for fishing year 2021and default specifications for fishing year 2022.
  • Other business may be discussed, as necessary.



This meeting will be broadcast online via GoToWebinar. The meeting will begin on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 9a.m. EST. Click here to join!


Call In information:

Phone: +1 (415) 655-0052 Access Code: 402-243-107


Public participation:

The Council is making every effort to allow members of the public to remotely participate in the meeting. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments ahead of time, but, at the discretion of the Chair, public comments also will be allowed during certain portions of the webinar. Please refer to the “Remote Participation Guide” for instructions on how to take part in the webinar meeting. Note that you must register for the webinar if you plan to provide oral comments. Those who call-in by telephone without registering for the webinar and entering the PIN provided will be in listen-only mode.If you would like your written comments to be considered at this meeting, they must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 8 a.m.on Friday, December 4, 2020. Please address them to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to

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