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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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Amendment 8 Herring Management Hearings to Be Held
The New England Fishery Management Council is conducting seven public hearings to solicit comments on the alternatives under consideration in Draft Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan. More specifically, the Council is seeking feedback from the public on which alternatives should be selected and why. This issue is of great importance to Maine lobstermen and their herring bait supply. Please make every effort to attend one of the two public hearings in Maine and submit written comments if you cannot attend.
Rockport, ME – Thursday, May 24, Samoset
Resort, 220 Warrenton Street, 6 p.m.
Portland, ME – Tuesday, June 12, Holiday Inn by
the Bay, 88 Spring Street, 4 p.m
Cutler Man to Head Maine Lobstermen’s Association
At the Annual Meeting in March the Board of Directors voted Kristan Porter of Cutler to be the new President of the MLA. He replaces long time president David Cousens who has stepped down after 27 years of leadership. Kristan brings a wealth of industry knowledge and leadership skills. Read about Kristan here
Good Bye David Cousens. And Thank You.
The 2018 MLA Annual Meeting will mark a changing of the guard for the Association. After 27 years of service as President of the MLA, David Cousens is retiring. This transition is a good time to reflect on the MLA’s many accomplishments during David’s tenure and the MLA’s strength and stability as it seamlessly transitions to new leadership.
The MLA has been hard at work fighting to preserve a way of life for lobstermen, their families and their communities since 1954. No one person can build a 64-year legacy the magnitude of the MLA’s. David is only the fourth president since the
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For the 3nd year we will have THE RUNNING WITH THE ALEWIVES 5K & 10K races. There will be lots of great food including pulled pork and chicken, oysters, lobster & crab rolls, hamburgers, breakfast sandwiches and more! The Chris Fitz Band will play Saturday night at the Lincoln Theater. The festival is an amazing community event!!
The 2018 Summer Season has begun! Stop by to see amazing displays of maritime history and more in our special collections:
Small Craft. Working and recreational boats from the early 20th century include a Beals Island lobster boat; a North Haven dinghy; a Lincolnville wherry; a Herreshoff 12 ½; peapods; dories; canoes; marine engines and lots more.
Marine Art. We have a world-class collection of 19th century marine art featuring Thomas and James Buttersworth, Robert Salmon, and Antonio Jacobsen; ship portraits and port paintings from around the world; ships’ figureheads; dioramas and shadowboxes.
Furniture, crafts and domestic furnishings. In addition to domestic manufactures of the 19th century, many Searsport homes were furnished with a wealth of fascinating objects from the Orient, brought back by local sea captains. Our fully-furnished sea captain’s house shows how a 19th century home might have looked, with objects ranging from grandfather clocks and cuff crimpers to “larding needles” (to insert more fat into meat), hooked rugs, traveling desks, Chinese sewing boxes, oil portraits, and a piano with mother-of-pearl keys.
Tools. Artifacts of economic labor abound in the Working The Bay exhibit. You’ll see the tools used by Penobscot Bay’s loggers, farmers, ice harvesters, ship builders and mariners.
Ship Models. You’ll see builder’s half-hull models; large-scale fully-rigged plank-on frame models; exquisite miniatures; a French prisoner’s model made of bone; presentation models; a working steam-powered tug model and more.
Scrimshaw. Our collection includes both inscribed and rare painted whales’ teeth; baleen and walrus ivory objects; and related craft pieces.
Photography. Over 100,000 items, including collections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company and Atlantic Fisherman; and work by photographers Carroll Thayer Berry, Charles R. Coombs and Joanna Colcord.
Join us at O’Maine Studios this summer for the Green Crab Working Summit. The summit is designed for fishermen, chefs, consumers, anyone in the seafood industry, regulators, scientists and educators who have been thinking about, studying or already fishing for, or eating green crabs. Let’s come together to strategize on how to develop a viable fishery and markets for this invasive crab — a delicious, plentiful and full of potential crustacean that is wreaking havoc economically and environmentally!
The two-day agenda will include speakers from chefs to educators to scientists, cooking demonstrations, round-table discussions, and opportunities to make connections and strategize. This summit is an excellent opportunity to learn from each other, network and strategize on how best to mitigate the impacts of this invader.
Register early! Space is limited!
Sponsored by Sea Grant NH, Manomet, and the NH extension