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Hamilton Marine grand Opening Portland Location @ Hamiton Marine- Portland
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Maine Boatbuilder’s Show @ Portland Sports Complex
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm

A gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work


Herring Advisory Panel and Herring Committee @ Holiday Inn Mansfield
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 28 @ 9:00 am


  • The primary purpose of this meeting is to make progress on the development of herring fishery specifications for fishing years 2020 and 2021. The group will review and provide input on the Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) recommendation for overfishing limits (OFL) and acceptable biological catch (ABC) limits for fishing years 2020 and 2021. The group will provide input on the purpose and need for this action and identify a range of alternatives to be included for consideration.
  • Update and opportunity for input on actions under consideration by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).
  • Update about the status of the Industry Funded Monitoring (IFM) Amendment.
  • Opportunity to provide input on the Council’s five-year research priorities related to the herring resource and fishery.
  • Other business may be discussed if time permits.

If you would like your written comments to be considered at this meeting, they must be received at the NEFMC office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019. Please address them to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to comments@nefmc.orgFor information about meeting materials and detailed agenda, please consult the Council’s website at

Safety and Survival Training and Drill Conductor Training @ 148 Waterville Rd
Mar 30 all-day

MLA Members receive 25% off class price

To help commercial fishermen meet the Federal requirement 46CFR 270 (c) , McMillan Offshore Survival Training is offering 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: In water training takes place so participants are requested 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.)

MA Hearing on Herring Amendment II (Spawning) @ MA DMF Gloucester Office- Annisquam River Station
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm

Hearing on Atlantic Herring Draft Addendum. The draft considers measures to protect spawning herring in inshore Gulf of Maine.

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NH Public Hearing on Atlantic Herring Draft Addendum @ Urban Forestry Center
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NH Public Hearing on Atlantic Herring Spawning @ Dept of NH Fish & Game, Urban Forestry Center
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm

Hearing on Atlantic Herring Draft Addendum. The draft considers measures to protect spawning herring in inshore Gulf of Maine.

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ASFMC Menhaden Assessment Workshop @ ASFMC Headquarters
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day

Review of the public comments from ME, NH and MA on the Atlantic Menhaden management plan.

MLA Board of Directors Meeting @ Darbys Restaurant
Apr 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

**Meetings will take place upstairs at Darby’s **

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

Canadian/US Lobstermen’s Town Meeting @ Westin Harborview Hotel -Portland ME
Apr 5 – Apr 6 all-day

The town meeting format will feature experts framing the issues with perspectives from both sides of the border, followed by a moderated discussion from the floor. The meeting will run all day Friday, 9am to 4 pm followed by an evening social, and will conclude at noon Saturday.

Pre-register by April 1St: $35  : After April 1st or at door: $40

Registration includes the Friday Seafood Reception

Register online or call 581.4095.

Westin Hotel rooms available at a special rate of $149 for Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th.

Call 1.855.811.0043 and mention Lobstermen’s Town Meeting

Friday, April 5, 9:00 – 4:00 and Saturday – April 6, 8:00 – 11:30

Topics to include:

  • Ocean Change
  • Bait Supply
  • Whale regulations
  • Quality Control
  • Global Markets