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Maine Lobster Boat Race-Friendship @ Friendship
Jul 22 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Hook Line & Dinner @ Cook's Lobster & Ale House
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association for our third annual Hook, Line & Dinner party and fundraiser! All proceeds benefit the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and our work to build a better and brighter future with diverse fishing businesses, robust fish stocks, and vibrant working coastal communities.

If you love Maine seafood, Maine beer, and Maine music, this event is for you!

Indulge in a delicious fresh seafood dinner from Maine’s fishermen, satisfy your thirst with FREE beer provided by Allagash Brewing Company, Definitive Brewing Company, Flight Deck Brewing, and Rising Tide Brewing Company, and dance to the soundtrack provided by Maine native, The Mallett Brothers Band. Other activities include a silent auction, a game of heads-and-tails for a prize, and yard games (weather permitting).

VIP tickets include early admission starting at 4:30, private acoustic set by The Mallett Brothers Band, an oyster bar provided by Lanes Island Oyster Co. and Mere Point Oyster Company, welcome toast with specialty cocktails from Beam Suntory Inc. and Green Bee, priority seating, and swag bag.

We are excited to celebrate Maine’s hardworking fishermen, seafood, and a salty way of life in a gorgeous iconic Maine spot at Cook’s Lobster and Ale House on Bailey Island.

This event is not 21+ but please bring your ID, bracelets will be issued at the door.

This event is RAIN OR SHINE.

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Harpswell Lobster Boat Races @ Potts Harbor
Jul 29 all-day
Harpswell is coming back to Maine’s lobster boat racing circuit! On Sunday, July 29th the races will return to Potts Harbor for the 27th annual Harpswell Lobster Boat Races. This is a free event for spectators.

The races are best watched by water, and will feature 31 race classes with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish. All race proceeds will be donated to The Harpswell Santa Fund.

Sponsorship packages are available now – don’t miss your chance to promote your local business while helping to bring back one of the town’s most popular Summer events!

For information about attending, racing, sponsoring or volunteering send us a message here on Facebook, by email at, or by calling Larry Ward 207-798-1725.

About The Harpswell Lobster Boat Races
There is nothing more uniquely Maine than a day at the Harpswell Lobster Boat Races! For nearly 30 years, the Harpswell Lobster Boat Races have attracted fishermen, boat builders, and race fans alike due to the venue’s extreme beauty and fun, family atmosphere.

About Maine’s Lobster Boat Racing Association
Maine’s lobster boat racing circuit starts in Boothbay and ends in Portland, drawing boats from all over the state of Maine up and down the coast.

*In the event of bad weather the races will take place the following Sunday, August 5, 2018.*Races Will Take Place Sunday, July 29 In Potts Harbor — Ending A 4-Year Hiatus For One Of The Town’s Most Popular Events.

The townspeople of Harpswell, Maine have come together to rejoin Maine’s summer lobster boat racing circuit in 2018. “Anyone who knows Harpswell understands how much this event has meant to our town,” said Larry Ward, Harpswell Lobster Boat Races Committee Member. “We’ve been enjoying the races in our town for nearly 30 years, and most of us have grown up looking forward to them every Summer. It was a shame that Harpswell had to take a break due to a shortage of volunteers, but I can assure you we’re stronger than ever and we’re all committed to making this a great venue for locals, tourists and surrounding businesses for generations to come.”
Visit their facebook page for more information:
Harpswell Lobster Boat Races 2018
The races start at 10 am.
Maine Lobster Festival @ Harbor Park
Aug 1 – Aug 5 all-day

We can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful midcoast Maine and the world-renowned Maine Lobster Festival!

The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine. This annual event takes place during the first weekend of August, from Wednesday through Sunday. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Rockland, Maine, each year with the promise of fresh, local lobster dinners, nationally renowned entertainers, cooking contests, carnival rides, Maine craftsmen and artists.

What started as an idea for a local marine festival to revive Midcoast Maine communities has turned into an internationally-recognized celebration of local seafood. The Maine Lobster Festival attracts visitors from as near as Owls Head, Maine, to visitors from countries throughout Europe and Asia.

Since 1947, the Maine Lobster Festival has given more than $500,000 to Midcoast Maine’s communities. As a non-profit organization, the Maine Lobster Festival donates all proceeds back to the Midcoast Maine communities each year. We support local food pantries, high school sports teams, community service groups, local emergency services, and offer college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

The Maine Lobster Festival is run exclusively by volunteers. More than 1,300 volunteers from the community and “from away” help us year after year on the festival grounds. From our board of directors right down to the wonderful men and women who serve lobster dinners to our visitors, our hard work is repaid in the form of happy visitors and the satisfaction of supporting Maine’s lobster industry.

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The festival wouldn’t happen each year without our more than 1,100 volunteers. Our volunteers come from our local community and all over the country. Learn how you can volunteer and earn one of our highly coveted Maine Lobster Festival volunteer T-shirts!

Winter Harbor Lobster Boat Races @ Winter Harbor Town Dock
Aug 11 all-day

Sign up 8-9 am: Races start at 10am

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

Merritt Brackett Lobster Boat Races @ State Park Restaurant Pemaquid
Aug 12 all-day

Sign up is from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Races start at 10 am

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ASMFC Northern Shrimp Stock Assessment Review @ Residence Inn- Downtown Waterfront
Aug 14 – Aug 16 all-day

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Northern Shrimp Stock Assessment
Review Workshop
August 14-16, 2018
Portland, Maine

Draft Agenda
Please note the agenda times are approximate; the order in which items will be taken is subject to change; other items may be added as necessary.
Tuesday, August 14 9 am – 5 pm
Welcome & Introductions, Pat Campfield 9 am
Agenda Overview & Ground Rules, Tom Miller 9:05 am
Background, Katie Drew/Megan Ware/Maggie Hunter 9:15 am
a. Assessment history
b. Regulatory and fishery history
c. Life history
d. Evidence of environmental regime shift
Fishery Independent & Dependent Data (TOR #1), Maggie Hunter 10:30 am
a. Landings, discards, and effort
b. Winter sampling program
c. Surveys
Review Panel Q & A 12 pm
— LUNCH — 12:30 pm

Model Inputs, Kelly Whitmore/Anne Richards 1:30 pm
a. PPI Index
b. Natural mortality
Length Structure Model (TOR #2), Katie Drew 2:15 pm
a. Model structure and parameters
b. Model results
c. Sensitivity and retrospective analysis

Review Panel Q & A 3:30 pm
— BREAK — 3:30 pm
Length Model Projections (TOR #3 and 5), Katie Drew 3:45 pm
Review Panel Q & A 4:45 pm
a. Define additional analytical requests
Adjourn for Day 1 5 pm
Wednesday, August 15 9 am – 5 pm
Review additional analyses requested by Panel (if necessary) 9 am
Catch-Survey Analysis (TOR#2-3), Anne Richards 9:30 am
a. Model structure and parameters
b. Model results
c. Sensitivity and retrospective analysis
d. Reference points
ASAP Model (TOR #2-3), Kelly Whitmore 10:45 am
a. Model structure and parameters
b. Model results
c. Sensitivity and retrospective analysis
d. Reference points
Review Panel Q & A 12 pm
a. Define additional analytical requests
— LUNCH — 12:30 pm
Traffic Light/Data Poor (TOR #2-3), Kelly Whitmore 1:30 pm
Review Panel Q & A 2:30 pm
— BREAK — 3:00 pm
Research Recommendations (TOR #6), Katie Drew 3:30 pm
Timing of Next Benchmark (TOR #7), Katie Drew 4:30 pm
Review Panel Q & A 4:45 pm
Adjourn for Day 2 5 pm

Thursday, August 16 9 am – 4 pm
Review additional analyses requested by Panel (if necessary) 9 am
Review Panel deliberations (closed door) 10 am
Panel reviews conclusions with SASC (closed door with SASC) 11 am
— LUNCH — 12 pm
Review Panel begins drafting report 1 pm
a. Review report overview
b. Compare notes and major findings by TOR
c. Assign report sections
Adjourn Review Workshop 3 pm

Long Island Lobster Boat Races @ Long Island
Aug 18 all-day

Sign up 1 -2 pm: Races start at 3 pm

Follow on Facebook at Friends of Maine Lobster Boat Racing. Listen on VHF 10.

MS Harborfest Lobster Boat Races @ Portland Yacht Services
Aug 19 all-day

Sign up is 8 am to 9 am

Races start at 10 am

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MLA Board of Directors Meeting @ Nautilus Restaurant
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

**Please note our new location! Nautilus Restaurant at 3 Main St, Belfast. **

The monthly meeting of the the MLA Board of Directors. For more information or to attend,  call 967-4555.