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With major issues facing Maine’s lobster industry, Your membership matters more than ever. Join or renew today.  New members only $200.

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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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Current News

The facts about Right Whales and lobstermen cooperation

One of the biggest issues facing the industry is the plight of the North Atlantic right whale. With 18 deaths in 2017, major pressure is on the industry to make changes. The MLA has been working on this issue since 1997 with the formation of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team. Over the past 20 years, Maine lobstermen have implemented many measures to protect whales, however threats to make major, unreasonable changes to our  way of fishing remain serious.

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Bait Resources for the 2019 season

Maine lobstermen are facing a a bait shortage this season because of the 70% cut in Atlantic herring quota. While not all lobstermen fish herring, the potential shortage will drive up demand for alternative sources of bait. Find out more information HERE.

DMR Spring Trawl Survey 2019

The Spring ME-NH trawl survey conducted by the State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources is scheduled to begin April 29 in New Hampshire, working east to Lubec. The ME-NH trawl survey provides valuable information for the management of important commercially harvested species. Gear in the path of scheduled tows can cause delays or cancellation and could jeopardize the use of quality data for state and federal lobster and finfish management.

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NEC Life Jackets

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Lobster fishing deaths accounted for the highest number of occupational fatalities in East Coast fisheries from 2010-2014. Most of these deaths were related to falls overboard (50%) or vessel disasters (30%) and based on fatality report narratives, none of the recovered victims was wearing a lifejacket.

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Events

May
28
Tue
Lobster Advisory Council Meeting @ Romm 101, Deering Bldg
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THE MEETING LOCATION

The next Lobster Advisory Council (LAC) Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Room 101 (First Floor) in the Deering Building located at 90 Blossom Lane in Augusta.   The building is located to the left of the Department of Marine Resources’ entrance.

The primary purpose of the LAC meeting is to discuss the Commissioner’s plans for outreach to the Lobster Zone Councils regarding the draft proposals to achieve the 50% reduction in endlines and other methods of risk reduction described in prior emails.

The next round of Lobster Zone Council meetings will be scheduled for June, with locations to be determined.   Once the Lobster Zone Council meetings have been scheduled, a follow-up email will be sent.

 

Center for Maine Coastal Fisheries Eastern Maine Skippers Program @ Faith Community Fellowship
May 28 @ 5:00 pm

Presentations will be held by these high schools: Ellsworth, George Stevens Academy and Mount Desert Island!

May
29
Wed
Herring Advisory Panel Meeting @ Four Points by Sheraton
May 29 @ 10:00 am

Agenda:

  • Review Framework 6 to the Herring Fishery Management Plan, an action considering fishery specifications for FY 2019-2021; identify final preferred alternatives for Council consideration.
  • Discuss and make recommendations for the Council review of the Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) process used in Amendment 8 to develop and analyze acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rule alternatives.
  • Initial discussion of a background document being prepared on Atlantic herring spawning activity on Georges Bank.
  • Review findings and recommendations from the Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program Review and identify which issues the Council should consider further.
  • Other business may be discussed as necessary

Written comments must be received at NEFMC office no later than 8am on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Please address them to Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn or Executive Director Tom Nies. Email submissions should be sent to comments@nefmc.org

May
30
Thu
Herring Committee Meeting @ Four Points by Sheraton
May 30 @ 10:00 am

Agenda:

  • Review Framework 6 to the Herring Fishery Management Plan, an action considering fishery specifications for FY 2019-2021; identify final preferred alternatives for Council consideration.
  • Discuss and make recommendations for the Council review of the Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) process used in Amendment 8 to develop and analyze acceptable biological catch (ABC) control rule alternatives.
  • Initial discussion of a background document being prepared on Atlantic herring spawning activity on Georges Bank.
  • Review findings and recommendations from the Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program Review and identify which issues the Council should consider further.
  • Other business may be discussed as necessary

 

Jun
4
Tue
Safety and Survival Training and Drill Conductor Training @ Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Jun 4 all-day

MLA Members receive 25% off class price

To help commercial fishermen meet the Federal requirement 46CFR 270 (c) , McMillan Offshore Survival Training  offers 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: Training takes place in water so we ask participants  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.)

Any questions? don’t hesitate to reach out to John 207-338-1603, cell: 207-233-0787 or jmcmillan@offshore.com

Jun
5
Wed
Directors Meeting @ Maine Maritime Museum
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm
Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association Annual Meeting @ Maine Beer Company
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All are welcome to join us at Maine Beer Company for our Annual Meeting!

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