Events

Stay up to date on upcoming events with the MLA calendar. We post MLA meetings, trainings, festivals and openings as well as other events that pertain to the lobster industry. You can sort by category or tags (i.e.lobster boat races).  Let us know if you have something to post! 207-967-4555 or andi@mainelobstermen.org

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May
25
Sat
Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Festival
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The festival will be held on Saturday, May 25 from 10am to 5pm, with a 5K foot race earlier in the morning.  As before, there will be plenty of food, music and fun for all ages!  Please check back soon for more details.

And of course, there will be ALEWIFE VIEWING up and down the beautifully restored fish ladder!

For more information, please contact David Brydges at 207-832-1790

May
28
Tue
Lobster Advisory Council Meeting @ Romm 101, Deering Bldg
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING LOCATION

The next Lobster Advisory Council (LAC) Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Room 101 (First Floor) in the Deering Building located at 90 Blossom Lane in Augusta.   The building is located to the left of the Department of Marine Resources’ entrance.

The primary purpose of the LAC meeting is to discuss the Commissioner’s plans for outreach to the Lobster Zone Councils regarding the draft proposals to achieve the 50% reduction in endlines and other methods of risk reduction described in prior emails.

The next round of Lobster Zone Council meetings will be scheduled for June, with locations to be determined.   Once the Lobster Zone Council meetings have been scheduled, a follow-up email will be sent.

 

Center for Maine Coastal Fisheries Eastern Maine Skippers Program @ Faith Community Fellowship
May 28 @ 5:00 pm

Presentations will be held by these high schools: Ellsworth, George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island!

May
29
Wed
Herring Advisory Panel Meeting @ Four Points by Sheraton
May 29 @ 10:00 am

Agenda:

  • Review Framework 6 to the Herring Fishery Management Plan, an action considering fishery specifications for FY 2019-2021; identify final preferred alternatives for Council consideration.
  • Discuss and make recommendations for the Council review of the Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) process used in Amendment 8 to develop and analyze acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rule alternatives.
  • Initial discussion of a background document being prepared on Atlantic herring spawning activity on Georges Bank.
  • Review findings and recommendations from the Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program Review and identify which issues the Council should consider further.
  • Other business may be discussed as necessary

Written comments must be received at NEFMC office no later than 8am on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Please address them to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to comments@nefmc.org

May
30
Thu
Herring Committee Meeting @ Four Points by Sheraton
May 30 @ 10:00 am

Agenda:

  • Review Framework 6 to the Herring Fishery Management Plan, an action considering fishery specifications for FY 2019-2021; identify final preferred alternatives for Council consideration.
  • Discuss and make recommendations for the Council review of the Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) process used in Amendment 8 to develop and analyze acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rule alternatives.
  • Initial discussion of a background document being prepared on Atlantic herring spawning activity on Georges Bank.
  • Review findings and recommendations from the Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program Review and identify which issues the Council should consider further.
  • Other business may be discussed as necessary

 

Jun
4
Tue
Safety and Survival Training and Drill Conductor Training @ Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Jun 4 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 jmcmillan@offshore.com

Jun
5
Wed
Directors Meeting @ Maine Maritime Museum
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm
Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association Annual Meeting @ Maine Beer Company
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All are welcome to join us at Maine Beer Company for our Annual Meeting!

Jun
6
Thu
Just for The Halibut @ Luke's Lobster, Tenant's Harbor
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Luke’s at Tenants Harbor and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association are partnering for two fun-filled community events by the shore. Each night features a delicious menu prepared by one of our guest chefs highlight freshly landed halibut and other (sea)fare.

Guest chefs are as followed:

The evenings activities include:

  • Delicious menu prepared by guest chefs highlight freshly landed halibut and other (sea)fare.
  • Private tour of a working wharf, home to the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op and Maine Aquaculture Co-op.
  • On site fish cutting demonstration by one of the areas local fishermen.
  • Fresh halibut will also be offered for sale.
  • Local fisherman will be on hand to share their stories and engage in learning about the fishing industry and working waterfront.
  • Cash bar throughout the evening.

Enjoy the sunset at the spectacular location of Luke’s at Tenants Harbor overlooking Maine waters. We are working some of the region’s talented chefs from Primo & Union to curate a delicious seafood menu highlight a seasonal favorite halibut. The event will focus on the concept of “boat to table” providing guests a unique insight into Maine’s fishing industry and working waterfront and its importance to our coastal communities. Leave with a deeper connection to the fishermen and the seafood we eat and will leave knowing they are supporting this valuable local industry for the future.

So, whether you are from near or far join our community for a special chance to Know Your Seafood & Fishermen.

Please note this event is rain or shine. Fresh fish and tours will still be made available.

Jun
13
Thu
Just for The Halibut @ Luke's Lobster, Tenant's Harbor
Jun 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Luke’s at Tenants Harbor and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association are partnering for two fun-filled community events by the shore. Each night features a delicious menu prepared by one of our guest chefs highlight freshly landed halibut and other (sea)fare.

Guest chefs are as followed:

The evenings activities include:

  • Delicious menu prepared by guest chefs highlight freshly landed halibut and other (sea)fare.
  • Private tour of a working wharf, home to the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op and Maine Aquaculture Co-op.
  • On site fish cutting demonstration by one of the areas local fishermen.
  • Fresh halibut will also be offered for sale.
  • Local fisherman will be on hand to share their stories and engage in learning about the fishing industry and working waterfront.
  • Cash bar throughout the evening.

Enjoy the sunset at the spectacular location of Luke’s at Tenants Harbor overlooking Maine waters. We are working some of the region’s talented chefs from Primo & Union to curate a delicious seafood menu highlight a seasonal favorite halibut. The event will focus on the concept of “boat to table” providing guests a unique insight into Maine’s fishing industry and working waterfront and its importance to our coastal communities. Leave with a deeper connection to the fishermen and the seafood we eat and will leave knowing they are supporting this valuable local industry for the future.

So, whether you are from near or far join our community for a special chance to Know Your Seafood & Fishermen.

Please note this event is rain or shine. Fresh fish and tours will still be made available.