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“For the past 62 years the Maine Lobstermen’s Association has advocated for lobstermen from all parts of the Maine coast. Its longevity is due to the men and women who make up its membership. Staying strong and relevant means successfully drawing new members into the association year after year..”
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 Open Enrollment has begun! Don’t wait!

Open Enrollment only runs for 45 days until December 15th. Don’t miss out! The MLA has certified Navigators available to work with lobstermen and coastal communities.  Call the office to find out more information or find out what plans are offered.  We’ll be traveling up the coast too so check the Events calendar. Ready to enroll? Make an appointment now! 207-967-4555, email Bridget or click to find out more http://mainelobstermen.org/projects/health-insurance/

 


U Maine Aqua Ventus  Subsea Cable Survey

A seabed geophysical survey  has been scheduled for the Zone D area.  This survey  will help determine the cable path and assembly area for the The Maine Aqua Ventus (MAV) floating offshore wind turbine demonstration project that requires a seabed survey of the cable route from the wind turbine array located approximately 2.5 miles (4.0km) south of Monhegan Island and running approximately 26km (14 nm) north to the Port Clyde area. It will also affect the Searsport area.

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Steaming Ahead: The Impact of the MLA

On September 14, Maine Marine Patrol charged William Haas of Lamoine with fishing 44 traps over the limit, fishing untagged gear and fishing more traps per trawl than allowed. As a result of a new law put forward by the MLA during the past legislative session, Haas faces losing his license for at least three years, up to a maximum of 10 years. If he is found guilty, he may face further restrictions when he returns to lobster fishing. The DMR Commissioner also has the discretion

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Events

Nov
20
Mon
NEFMC Herring Advisory Panel Meeting @ Holiday Inn
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am – Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm
  • 10:00 a.m.  Introductions, Opening remarks, and agenda review
  • (Bert Jongerden, Chairman)
  • 10:10 Review Amendment 8 alternatives to address potential localized depletion
  • and user conflicts in the herring fishery.
  • 10:30 Discuss outstanding issue relative to which fishing activities would be impacted by the alternatives under consideration to address potential localized depletion and user conflicts in the herring fishery.
  • 11:30 Review draft analysis of impacts and provide input on questions to the AP
  • related to potential effort shifts from measures under consideration.
  • 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 2:15 Continue review of draft analysis and potentially select a preferred alternative for measures to address potential localized depletion and user conflicts in the herring fishery.
  • 3:30 Discuss recommendations for Herring Research Set-Aside research priorities for fishing years 2019-2021 and discuss any challenges the program has had in recent years.
  • 5:00 Other Business
  • 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 Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Please address them to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to
    For information about meeting materials and detailed agenda, please consult the Council’s website at

 

Zone E Council Meeting @ Lincoln County Communications Center
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

During November, there will be a round of Lobster Zone Council meetings with the primary focus on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

These meetings will be an opportunity to hear from a representative of the Collaborative about the strategy used to market Maine lobster and about the results of an independent third party audit of the MLMC’s programs since its inception.

Following the Lobster Zone Council Meetings, the Collaborative will present this same information to the Lobster Advisory Council and finally to the Marine Resources Committee in 2018.

Where the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative sunsets in 2018, we urge people to attend a meeting to hear the presentation, to ask questions, and to provide constructive feedback that will help inform the Lobster Advisory Council’s discussions.

Based on the outcome of the audit and with consideration of any recommendations by the Lobster Advisory Council, the Marine Resources Committee may report out a bill to the Legislature to reauthorize the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cotnoir at sarah.cotnoir@maine.gov or 207-624-6596.

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Nov
21
Tue
Health Insurance Assistance @ Ellsworth Public Library
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Need help enrolling in health insurance and would prefer to talk to someone face to face?  Join MLA Navigator Bridget Thornton at the Ellsworth Library to get enrolled!  With only 45 days to sign up this year, don’t wait. #Getcovered #EnrollbyDec15

Nov
27
Mon
Zone A Council meeting @ Washington Academy Library
Nov 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

During November, there will be a round of Lobster Zone Council meetings with the primary focus on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

These meetings will be an opportunity to hear from a representative of the Collaborative about the strategy used to market Maine lobster and about the results of an independent third party audit of the MLMC’s programs since its inception.

Following the Lobster Zone Council Meetings, the Collaborative will present this same information to the Lobster Advisory Council and finally to the Marine Resources Committee in 2018.

Where the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative sunsets in 2018, we urge people to attend a meeting to hear the presentation, to ask questions, and to provide constructive feedback that will help inform the Lobster Advisory Council’s discussions.

Based on the outcome of the audit and with consideration of any recommendations by the Lobster Advisory Council, the Marine Resources Committee may report out a bill to the Legislature to reauthorize the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cotnoir at sarah.cotnoir@maine.gov or 207-624-6596.

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Nov
28
Tue
Zone B council meeting @ MDI High School Library
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

During November, there will be a round of Lobster Zone Council meetings with the primary focus on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

These meetings will be an opportunity to hear from a representative of the Collaborative about the strategy used to market Maine lobster and about the results of an independent third party audit of the MLMC’s programs since its inception.

Following the Lobster Zone Council Meetings, the Collaborative will present this same information to the Lobster Advisory Council and finally to the Marine Resources Committee in 2018.

Where the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative sunsets in 2018, we urge people to attend a meeting to hear the presentation, to ask questions, and to provide constructive feedback that will help inform the Lobster Advisory Council’s discussions.

Based on the outcome of the audit and with consideration of any recommendations by the Lobster Advisory Council, the Marine Resources Committee may report out a bill to the Legislature to reauthorize the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cotnoir at sarah.cotnoir@maine.gov or 207-624-6596.

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