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Scallop Advisory Panel Meeting @ Boston Logan Courtyard by Marriott
Sep 18 @ 8:00 am

For more information see agenda below!

Meeting Notice

Scallop Committee Meeting @ Boston Logan Courtyard by Marriott
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am

For more info see agenda below!

Meeting Notice

Public Hearing: Marine Diesel Engine Emission Standards @ Maine Maritime Museum
Sep 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

A public hearing related to this proposal is currently planned for 9:30 a.m. on September 20, 2019, at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine. See the proposed rule for additional information. Check this page for any changes before traveling to the hearing. Audio access to the hearing will be available with a listen-only teleconference line at (844) 884-8829 (Conference ID = 6273319).

Comments due October 21st.

Pints on the Pier @ Maine Maritime Museum
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Enjoy a late summer sunset along the riverside with some of Maine’s best brewers! Plus food trucks will be on-site with a variety of delicious offerings.Confirmed participants for 2019 include Moderation Brewing Company, Sasanoa Brewing, Flight Deck Brewing, Sheepscot Valley Brewing Company, and Whaleback Cider. Sample recent releases from your favorite brewers or discover a new favorite; either way it’s beer on the pier!

This is a 21+ event.

Public Hearings-proposed Rule Changes: Landings Reporting & Gear marking @ DMR:- Marquardt Bldg Room 118
Oct 2 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

DMR has announced proposed state regulations to get better spatial information from harvester reporting and implement new gear marking requirements for the lobster fishery in 2020. DMR will hold a public hearing at their office in Augusta on Oct 2 at 3:30 and 4pm.

Chapter 8-Landings (This filing would also update Chapters 36 and 41): This proposed rule would update reporting requirements for lobster license holders to replace “distance from shore” with a 10-minute square, and also require the reporting of the number of endlines hauled that fishing trip.   It would replace references to the IVR herring permit in Chapters 8 and 36 with a herring permit.  Finally, it would require individuals intending to participate in the menhaden fishery to obtain a menhaden permit on their commercial pelagic and anadromous license, to facilitate proper reporting in that fishery as required in Chapter 41.  Public hearing October 2, 2019, 3:30PM,  DMR Augusta Office, Augusta

Chapter 75-Protected Resources: There is an existing regulatory requirement for persons fishing lobster gear and trap/pot gear to mark their buoy lines with specific red marks in the sliver area and in federal waters.   This proposed regulation removes the requirement for the red marks and would instead require persons fishing lobster gear and trap/pot gear in all Maine coastal waters to mark their buoy line with three purple 12-inch marks: one at the top of the buoy line, one midway along the buoy line, and one at the bottom of the buoy line.  In addition, each buoy line must be marked with a 36-inch purple mark in the top two fathom of buoy line.  Finally, all lobster gear and trap/pot gear fished from head of tide out to the Exemption line would be required to have an additional green mark of a minimum of 6-inches in the top two fathom of buoy line.  The new marking requirements would be required to be in place by April 1, 2020.  Public hearing October 2 at 4:00 PM, DMR Offices Marquardt Building Room 118.

To view the complete filing for the respective rule, please click here. Written comments need to be submitted by the deadline noted in the filing. Written comments may be emailed, mailed, or faxed to the address provided below.



Fax: 207-624-6024

Mail: Maine Department of Marine Resources

Attn: Amanda Ellis

21 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0021


MLA Board of Directors Meeting – This meeting date may change @ Darby's Restaurant
Oct 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The next meeting of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association Directors will take place at Darby’s Restaurant in Belfast, Maine.

It is very likely we’ll be talking about whales and bait and maybe some legal stuff too.

If you would like to attend, please contact your local Director (find your Director HERE) or call the office at 207-967-4555.

Scallop Advisory Panel Meeting @ Hilton Hotel, Providence,
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am

 more information to follow or check this link for the latest in updated information:

Scallop Committee Meeting @ Hilton Hotel, Providence,
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am
ASFMC 78th Annual Meeting @ Wentworth By The Sea
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm

Please follow the link below to find out about live streaming, participation guidelines, schedule, agenda and how to submit comments.

Free Maine Safety and Survival Training – South Portland @ USCG Station
Oct 31 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

These hands-on trainings, provided at no cost to commercial fishermen, are sponsored by Fishing Partnership Support Services, and conducted by Coast Guard Accepted Marine Safety Instructors.

The one day program includes: on-board firefighting, flooding & pump operations, flares & EPIRBS, survival suits, life raft equipment, man overboard and helicopter hoist procedures and first aid. If you have a survival suit, bring it. Lunch is provided! The training is supported by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP).

For more information please contact Nina Groppo at 978-282-4847   You can also register online by clicking HERE