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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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 Were you an Anthem Member?

Did you miss Open Enrollment?

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is no longer selling health insurance plans in the Marketplace. If you were insured through Anthem in 2017, and you didn’t pick a new plan for 2018, you are eligible for a “Loss of Coverage Special Enrollment Period.” If you did not pick a new plan during Open Enrollment, Anthem auto enrolled in you a plan with either Harvard Pilgrim or Community Health Options. The Loss of Coverage Special Enrollment Period allows you to switch plans up to 60 days after the discontinuation of your 2017 plan (December 31, 2017). This means that people who are auto enrolled in a new plan can still change their plans until March 2018 Make an appointment now! 207-967-4555, email Bridget or click to find out more

The ASMFC wants your feedback on the new Lobster Draft Agenda

States from Maine through New Jersey have scheduled their hearings to gather public input on American Lobster Draft Addendum XXVI/Jonah Crab Draft Addendum III. Public Hearings in Maine are being held in Scarborough Jan. 10th and Ellsworth Jan 11th. The Draft Addenda present three questions for public comment: (1) what percentage of harvesters should be required to report in the American lobster and Jonah crab fisheries; (2) should current data elements be expanded to collect a greater amount of information in both fisheries; and (3) at what scale should spatial information be collected. FMI read the DMR Press Release here.

Now is the Time to Fight for Maine Lobster

The following is a Guest Column first published in Seafood News and reprinted in Landings in November of 2017. With the MLMC on the docket for renewal in the Maine Legislature this winter, these words seem apt:  Yesterday we learned that there is considerable opposition on the docks in Maine to the reauthorization of the levy funding the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. The levy that funds the marketing program comes from an additional charge on lobster licenses, and has to be renewed by the legislature next year. But in a series of meetings up and down the coast, there has been some vocal opposition to the whole idea of a marketing program. Two of the seven zone councils have voted to support it, and meetings in the other five are

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Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association Annual Weekend &Trade Show @ Cape Cod Resort & Conference Ctr
Jan 18 – Jan 21 all-day

The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s Annual Weekend and Industry Trade Show 2018 planning is  underway.

The event will be held on January 18-21, 2018 (Vendor set up is the 18th) at the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis, MA  35 Scudder Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601

USCG approved Drill Conductor Training – Belfast @ Coast Guard Station
Jan 20 all-day

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.)

Snacks and lunch included. More classes coming soon.  Please feel free to ask for a session in your area!

Deadline for nominations to the MLA Board of Directors
Jan 31 all-day

Do you know someone who is passionate about the lobster industry and wants to make a difference? Is there a lobsterman in your community who is well respected? Are they (or you!) willing to attend monthly meetings in Belfast (minimum four per year) and help affect the lobster industry in a positive way? Then the MLA Board of Directors is looking for them! (or you.)

For more information or to nominate someone, including yourself, click on the form below or contact Patrice McCarron, Executive Director, 967-4555 or

Nomination form_2018_11.27.16

Deadline for DMR Collaborative Lobster Research Proposals
Feb 6 all-day

State of Maine

Department of Marine Resources


2018 Maine Lobster Research Collaborative


The State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources, is seeking proposals for research programs that contribute to components of the new Lobster Collaborative. The awarded projects will be part of the initial two years and will include required quarterly discussions to develop specific integrated goals, review progress, and work to advance objectives for future projects.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website:

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, located at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street – 4th Floor, Augusta, ME 04330.  Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 pm, local time, on January 16, 2018, when they will be opened.  Proposals not received at the Division of Procurement Services’ aforementioned address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

The lobster fishery is Maine’s most valuable fishery with a landed value of more than $533 million, representing 74% of the value of all marine commercial fisheries landings in 2016. The lobster fishery is a critical piece of the economy in nearly every community along the coast. Recently, there are signs that the Gulf of Maine ecosystem may be changing, which will likely have an impact on the lobster resource and fishery on which these communities depend.  The Department is charged with conserving and developing Maine’s marine resources, conducting and sponsoring scientific research, and promoting and developing Maine’s coastal fishing industries.  For these reasons, the Department wishes to dedicate significant research dollars toward a better understanding of the lobster resource, fishery, and industry and the potential changes ahead.

See the whole document here: RFP201711190 – Lobster Research Collaborative


MLA Board of Directors meeting – Rescheduled! @ Nautilus Restaurant
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The meeting has been re-schedule to February 9th at noon.

**Please note our new location! Nautilus Restaurant at 3 Main St, Belfast. **

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

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