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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.

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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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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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Co-management of the Clam Fishery panel discussion @ St. Brendan The Navigator Episcopal Church
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm
  • MCCF will lead a panel discussion on issues about the soft shell clam fishery
  • Including: municipal management and access to flats
  • Panel will include area clam diggers as well as shellfish committee members and state agency to take part in a collaborative discussion
Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team Meeting @ Providence Marriot
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm

Goal: identify and recommend modifications to reduce impacts of gear fisheries on large whales as well as ideas on how to reduce mortality and serious injury

Objective: develop recommendations that will achieve a 60 to 80% reduction in mortalities and serious injury of right whales

Refer to this pdf for a list of scheduled meetings:

6th Annual Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration @ Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Featuring local chefs, live music, and local seafood!

Menu this year includes: local scallops, oysters, mackerel, pollock, as well as many local favorites

Guests may explore the interactive center as well!

Tickets include: two complimentary drinks, desserts, as well as a variety of samples!

Safety and Survival Training and Drill Conductor Training @ 148 Waterville Rd
Apr 27 all-day

MLA Members receive 25% off class price

To help commercial fishermen meet the Federal requirement 46CFR 270 (c) , McMillan Offshore Survival Training  offers a 1 day USCG approved fishing vessel drill conductor course. Upon completion, participants will be nationally certified to conduct the required monthly on board emergency drills. 46CFR 270 states: “The master or individual in charge of each vessel must ensure that drills are conducted & instruction is given to each individual on board at least once each month. Instruction and drills must ensure that each individual is familiar with their duties and their responses to at least the following contingencies.

  • Abandoning the vessel
  • Fighting a fire in different locations on board the vessel
  • Recovering an individual from the water
  • Minimizing the affects of unintentional flooding
  • Launching survival craft and recovering lifeboats and rescue boats
  • Donning immersion suits and other wearable personal flotation devices
  • Donning a fireman’s outfit and self-contained breathing apparatus, if vessel is equipped
  • Making a voice radio distress call and using visual distress signals
  • Activating the general alarm
  • Reporting inoperative alarm systems and fire detection systems.

WHAT TO BRING: Training takes place in water so we ask participants  to bring their survival suits. Suits can be provided if necessary for students. This course has been designed for the swimmer and non-swimmer alike. We also encourage participants to bring any equipment that they would like to review or discuss in class. ( EPIRB’s, distress flares etc.)

Any questions? don’t hesitate to reach out to John 207-338-1603, cell: 207-233-0787 or

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Spring Meeting @ Westin Crystal City
Apr 29 – May 2 all-day

Preliminary Agenda refer to cite below (subject to change):


Live streaming: via webinar beginning April 29th @ 1pm. No comments or questions allowed. Register @

Guidelines for Public comments see below:

ASMFC Spring Meeting @ Westin, Arlington VA
Apr 29 @ 3:38 pm – May 2 @ 4:38 pm

The schedule of events will be posted once it is available.

Directors Meeting @ Darby's Restaurant and Pub
May 1 @ 5:00 pm
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