The Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) has produced a newsletter monthly since 1990 for its members. In 2009, the MLA expanded the newsletter content and mailed it to all commercial lobstermen in Maine. In 2013, the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance (MLCA), the sister, non-profit organization of the MLA, launched Landings, the successor publication to the MLA Newsletter. The MLA now publishes its news and select business listing on dedicated MLA pages within Landings.
The MLA partnered with Fishing Partnership Support Services (FPSS) from 2013 through 2018 and served as a “Navigator” to help Maine lobstermen and their families understand Affordable Care Act requirements including health insurance options, subsidies and penalties. The MLA remains committed to ensuring that Maine lobstermen have the information they need to make an informed decision when it comes to health insurance enrollment.
***The MLA no longer provides Navigator services as of September 1, 2018. If you have questions on the Health Insurance Marketplace please contact a Navigator in your area. You can find one here. Or window shop for plans here: See Plans & Prices.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) for lobstermen in Maine was a federally-funded program that began in September, 2010.
The goal of the TAA program in Maine was to provide training to help lobstermen create business plans, increase profitability, improve efficiency, consider marketing opportunities, and evaluate alternative enterprises.
The MLA and Maine Sea Grant organized two years of educational workshops for lobstermen, their wives or partners and sternmen, traveling throughout the state to facilitate the workshops.