National Fisherman

The Maine Lobstermen's Association has been proudly and effectively representing Maine lobstermen for 59 years. The MLA was organized in 1954 by lobstermen who had the foresight to understand that they would be better off working together than on their own.

Over the years, the MLA has established a track record of being effective on the issues. With a constituency who rarely agrees, MLA has built trust with the industry by working honestly and with integrity. During the month of March alone, the MLA has given Maine's lobstermen a voice on issues ranging from mosquito spraying rules, North Atlantic right whale stock assessments, opening the St. Croix River for alewife passage, marketing the lobster industry and improving lobster quality; and we held our annual meeting and attended the Boston Seafood Show and the U.S.-Canada Lobstermen's Town Meeting. We know the issues, and we know the lobster industry.

Now, there's a new group coming to a town near you, and unfortunately for Maine lobstermen, it doesn't seem to share our ethics. Seeing lobstermen getting organized to improve their future is a good thing. The more lobstermen involved, the better. But the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, or IAM, is attempting to organize Maine lobstermen with false promises. It has gone so far as to take credit for stopping proposed legislation to establish a new marketing organization from being passed as written. The truth of the matter is that the legislation was never intended to be passed as written. It was a starting point for the Legislature to work from to rebuild the lobster industry's marketing organization to effectively serve lobstermen in the 21st century.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/13/15

In this episode:

Council hosts public hearing on Cashes Ledge
Report assesses Chesapeake water, fisheries
Warmer waters shake up Jersey fishing
North Pacific observer program altered for 2015
Woman aims to crowdsource lobstering career

National Fisherman Live: 12/30/14

In this episode, Michael Crowley, National Fisherman's Boats & Gear editor, interviews Chelsea Woodward, an engineer working with the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office to design static guards for main drum winches used in the side trawl fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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