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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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It’s Almost Time for Open Enrollment!

Open Enrollment begins November 1st and 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. Ready to enroll? Make an appointment now! 207-967-4555 or click this link to find out more http://mainelobstermen.org/projects/health-insurance/

 


Where are the Herring?

Up and down the Maine coast one hears the same laments from lobstermen: “Herring! I need more herring!” followed by “The price of bait is killing me!”
It’s been an unusual summer for herring fishermen and lobstermen alike. Last summer, the surge of herring catches in Area 1A (inshore Gulf of Maine) caused the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to take

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Marine Patrol: Once again, the summer season has been busy

As would be expected, Marine Patrol Officers have been very busy, with summer in full swing and lobster catches picking up. Officers in southern and midcoast Maine have been involved with violations of the owner/operator law, individuals fishing without a lobster license, illegal dumping, molesting lobster gear and a charge of artificial removal of eggs. Artificial removal of eggs carries a four-year-minimum license

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Events

Oct
18
Wed
Ram Truck Night at Newcastle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Viper @ Newcastle Dodge Jeep Chrysler
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Come to Newcastle Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Viper in Newcastle Maine for some free food, music and to find out all that Dodge Ram can offer you!  There will talks, demos and a chance to win a two year lease on a Dodge ram Truck. The MLA will be there too to take part in the festivities and to talk about business support and membership in the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. Come join the fun! Did we mention the free food?

https://www.newcastlechrysler.com/

Oct
24
Tue
NEFMC Herring Committee Meeting @ Hotel 1620 (Formerly the Radisson)
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm
New England Fishery Management Council

 

Agenda:
The PDT will review draft analyses being prepared for Amendment 8, specifically focused on the measures developed to address potential localized depletion and user conflicts. The PDT will consider
recommendations for potential research priorities for the next Herring Research Set-Aside (RSA) federal funding announcement for fishing years 2019-2021. If time permits, the PDT may discuss other business.
Call in information:
Dial +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 364-545-461
Please note this is not a toll free number.
Online access:
This meeting will broadcast online via GoToMeeting.
Members of the public who
call in will have listen-
only access. Click the following link to join
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/364545461
.
(Meeting ID: Use VoIP with a microphone and speakers for audio – a headset is recommended

 

If you have questions, please call the Council office.

 

Hard Tellin’ Event @ Frontier Cafe
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hard Tellin’ @ Frontier: October 24, 6:00 PMJoin us at the Frontier on October 24 for a fun evening. We will be featuring all of our awesome Hard Tellin’ videos, including a new one with Frontier’s very own Chef Noly Lopez. Hang out with MCFA and some of our friends to watch these great videos with a question and answer panel to follow, including a discussion on how digital story-telling can positively impact Maine’s fisheries, other natural resources, and climate change.

 

Oct
25
Wed
NEFMC Scallop Advisory Panel and Plan Development Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn
Oct 25 @ 9:30 am – Oct 27 @ 4:30 pm

Agenda:

Review Framework (FW) 29 alternatives and analyses. The primary focus of this meeting will be to provide input on the range of specification alternatives. FW29 will set specifications including ABC/ACLs, days-at-sea, access area allocations, total allowable catch

for the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) management area, targets for General Category incidental catch, and set-asides for the observer and research programs for fishing year 2018 and default specifications for fishing year 2019. Management measures in FW29include:

1) Flatfish accountability measures;

2) NGOM measures;

3) Measures to access area boundaries, consistent with potential changes to habitat and groundfish mortality closed areas.

Make recommendations on 2018 scallop work priorities.

Discuss scallop related issues under consideration in ground fish FW 57.

Other business may be discussed, as necessary.

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If you would like your written comments to be considered at this meeting, they must be received at the NEFMC office no later than close of business on Friday, October 20, 2017. Please address them t

o Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to comments@nefmc.org

 

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