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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

It’s time to Head to the Boston Seafood Show, for FREE

 The Maine Lobster Bus is headed to the Boston  Seafood Show (Seafood Expo North America) again in 2018 but this time the trip is FREE.  The MLA has joined up with Hannaford Supermarkets, the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative  to offer a free bus to the show. This trip is eye opening and offers and opportunity to see how lobster is marketed to the world. See the details at Seafood Show 2018

BOEM Oil Drilling Forum Rescheduled

A Public meeting will take place here in Maine at the Augusta Civic Center on March 7th from 3 – 7 pm. This forum  will use an open-house format, so participants can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting time. At the meetings, participants can ask questions, share information, talk with BOEM team members one-on-one, and learn more about the National OCS Program. Participants are also encouraged to submit written comments to inform BOEM of specific issues, impacting factors, environmental resources, alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigation measures to consider in its analyses.

To find out more or how to participate, click here.


Safety and Survival Training and Drill Conductor training @ Coast Guard Station
Mar 17 all-day

MLA Members receive 25% off class price

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.)

NEFMC Scallop Advisory Panel and Council Meeting @ Hotel Providence
Mar 21 – Mar 22 all-day


  • Receive an update on measures expected to be adopted in Framework Adjustment 29


  • Review the general workload for 2018 based on Council priorities

and initial progress on these work items.

Other business may be discussed



Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Same as above


See above agenda;

Other business may be discussed.

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 Friday, March, 16, 2018. 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

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Maine Boat Builders Show @ Portland Sports Complex
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm

It is more than a boatshow. It is a gathering of builders and customers. You could spend time with colleagues or customers. We all learn something.Saying the Maine Boatbuilders Show is just a boat show is like describing a lobster dinner as just “supper.” There’s no show quite like it, with an atmosphere thick with Down East spirit and enough gorgeous traditional Maine vessels to satisfy any boating fan’s palate.

Lobster Advisory Council Meeting -New Date! @ DMR - Marquardt Bldg Room 118
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This meeting has been postponed due to the  incoming Nor’easter.  The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday March 8th.

Meeting materials will be emailed as the meeting date gets closer..

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cotnoir at or 207-624-6596.

Film Screening & Discussion: “Dead in The Water” @ Railroad Square Theatre
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This Director’s screening includes a conversation with the Director and with  New England Fishermen after the show.

“In his sixth directorial effort, David Wittkower has given us a powerful, take-no-prisoners look at how NOAA’s oversight has driven New England’s commercial fishing industry onto the rocks. This is documentary in the true sense of the word — it documents, through historical context and the voices of numerous fishermen, advocates, politicians, and others, the all-but-inevitable results of nearly 25 years of misbegotten management.

If you believe New Englanders would be well served by a nuanced “on the one hand… on the other” film suggesting that NOAA’s heart was in the right place, but things just didn’t work out, this will not be to your liking. But if you have a hollow within you where the wharves of Gloucester and other New England ports once clattered and shouted — New Bedford having been saved by the scallop — and want an unsparing explanation of “How could this happen?” Wittkower shows you. And I mean “shows,” not “tells.” Wittkower is a filmmaker who understands imagery, and “Dead in the Water” is a montage of the vessels, faces, and voices of Gloucester and environs accompanied by a haunting score, with lyrics.”

quoted from review in national Fishermen

You can view a trailer of “Dead in the Water” online

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