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ACA health insurance options in 2017

With cold and flu season upon us, the last thing you need is to get caught without health insurance. An illness or injury can happen any day, but thankfully, you don’t have to worry about how to pay for your healthcare or medical bills. Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance began on November 1 and will go through January 31, 2017.

The ACA requires individuals to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The requirement can be met by having a plan with minimal essential coverage either through one’s employer or another group, or by purchasing an individual/family policy through Maine’s health insurance Marketplace.

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Get Ready for the Annual Fisherman's Forum!

From March 2 to 4, the Samoset Resort in Rockport will be a loud and crowded place. The annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum will once again pack the conference rooms and hallways with those involved in the state’s many commercial fisheries. “This year’s Forum looks to be a great one,” said Chilloa Young, Forum organizer. “The Trade Show offers new exhibitors, and there will be some very interesting seminars this year. We are particularly excited about the Red Cross Training for CPR and First Aid Training which are being offered for the first time at the Forum. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity!”

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Lobster Health Expert Returns in March

Who would have thought that a funny, fast-talking Canadian lobster veterinarian would be such a hit among Maine lobstermen? But Jean Lavallée, an expert on lobster health, took the Maine coast by storm last spring when he spoke to lobstermen and other industry members in each of the seven zones about how they can keep their lobsters healthy and their profits up.

Now Lavallée is returning. In March, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association in conjunction with the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance will host Lavallée for a series of workshops on how to keeping stress on lobsters down and a lobsterman’s profits up. This year’s tour will kick off on Saturday afternoon during the Maine Fishermen’s Forum and then travel the coast from southern to Downeast Maine the following week to talk about the unusual physiology of the lobster and commonsense practices lobstermen can employ to ensure the highest quality catch regardless of the number of pounds hauled each day. The workshops are supported by Maine Sea Grant and some of Maine’s lobster coops.

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Maine Fishermen’s Forum @ Samoset Resort
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day

he Maine Fishermen’s Forum hosts fishermen, gear suppliers, scientists, government and other stakeholders to collaborate on all things fishing: markets, resource status, regulations, the latest in technology, the environment and more.  If it’s of interest to the fishing industry, chances are you’ll find it here.

Each year the Forum provides three days of free seminars for fishermen covering a wide range of topics such as the health of the lobster resource, commercial fishing safety, upcoming regulatory actions, and much more.  It’s the social event of the year for Maine’s fishing community with lots of informal socialzing and networking opportunities and an organized event each night including the seafood reception, Friday night Fish dinner, and a not to be missed banquet and dance on Saturday night.  Day trippers are welcome but there are a host of lodging options both on and off the resort.  We are a family-focused event with a full suite of children’s events.


MLA Annual Directors’ Meeting @ Samoset Resort
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Join us for our annual Directors Meeting taking place at the Fisherman’s Forum.  Guest speakers, free goodies, door-prizes, election of directors – it’s all happening here!

For more information including agenda or attending the meeting, please call the MLA office, 207-967-4555.

Happy Healthy Lobster Tour
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm

Back Again!

Jean LaVallee returns to tour the coast of Maine and Swans Island giving a free workshop on lobster biology and handling. This is a wonderful opportunity for harvesters, dockworkers and dealers to understand how we handle lobsters can make a difference to our bottom line. Stay tuned for more details!

Sponsored this year in conjunction with The State of Maine and Stonington Lobster Co-op, Swans Island Fisherman’s Co-op, Cranberry Isles Fisherman’s Co-op, Beals-Jonesport Co-op Inc., Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op and Port Clyde Fisherman’s Co-op.

Maine Maritime Museum 6th Annual “Voices of the Sea” – CANCELED @ Bull Feeney's
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Seafood Expo North America @ Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Mar 19 – Mar 21 all-day

Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America is North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. Exhibiting suppliers offer the newest seafood products, processing and packaging equipment, and services available in the seafood market. The exposition is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute. is the official media. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications, the international leader in seafood-industry expositions and media.

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