The MLCA educates the public and Maine’s lobster industry stakeholders about the unique characteristics of Maine’s lobstering traditions and its non-harmful and non-wasteful commercial fishing practices. MLCA gathers and disseminates information including facts and statistics on the fishery and the industry, the status of the lobster resource and information pertaining to its history and contemporary issues including public policy debates.
Landings: News & Views from Maine’s Lobstering Community
In 2013, the MLCA launched Landings, a monthly publication which balances its content amongst science, history, resource sustainability, economic development and human interest stories. Through Landings, MLCA educates the public and lobster industry stakeholders about the unique characteristics of Maine’s lobstering traditions, its history and heritage, and ongoing research to maintain the sustainability of the resource. Landings is the successor publication to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) Newsletter (available at www.mainelobstermen.org).
MLCA distributes more than 6,500 copies of this 24-page publication via mail for free each month to all of Maine’s commercial lobstermen, state government agency staff, elected state officials, Congressional delegation, subscribers and marine businesses; and to the public at various locations around the state including ferry terminals, marine supply stores and annual educational forums such as the Maine Fishermen’s Forum and Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association Annual Weekend.
In addition to the printed copies, Landings is made widely available to the public through the website which includes archived content to allow users to search the site for topics of interest. Click here for the most recent news from Landings.
Maine Lobstermen Leadership Institute
The Maine Lobstermen Leadership Institute (MLLI) fosters new civic leaders to preserve the economic viability of historic coastal communities and promote stewardship of the resource. The curriculum includes lobster fishery management, lobster fishery science and the marine ecosystem, a detailed assessment of lobster markets, experiential learning opportunities and cultural exchange with other fishing communities. The program focuses primarily on developing leadership amongst younger lobstermen, which includes learning from more experienced civic leaders in Maine. Current industry leaders participate in the program to foster peer-to-peer exchange and to mentor developing leaders. The MLCA was awarded funding to continue the MLLI through the Research, Education, and Development (RED) Board in May 2016.
You can read a story about the 2017 participants and the two-day workshop they attended at the start of their program here. Other activities this spring were experiential and included attendance at the Fishermen’s Forum, Seafood Expo North America, and the International Lobster Symposium, testifying at the Legislature and Zone Council meetings, and a trip to PEI to fish with lobstermen across the border. You’ll be able to read more about their program in forthcoming issues of Landings.
You can read about the 2014 MLLI pilot program here…