As part of the Maine Lobster Leadership Institute, participants will travel to Prince Edward Island to compare that island’s lobster fishery to Maine’s. PEI lobstermen still use the hoop-shaped wooden traps once prevalent along the Maine coast.  MLCA photo
As part of the Maine Lobster Leadership Institute, participants will travel to Prince Edward Island to compare that island’s lobster fishery to Maine’s. PEI lobstermen still use the hoop-shaped wooden traps once prevalent along the Maine coast. MLCA photo
Maine lobstermen younger than 40 years old are invited to take part in the second Maine Lobster Leadership Institute, offered by the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance. The deadline for application is December 15.

The Institute begins in January with a two-day workshop that will focus on the management, science and business aspects of the lobster industry in a globalized economy. 

Later in the winter, participants will attend a Joint Committee on Marine Resources session in Augusta, fisheries presentations at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in March, meetings of the state Lobster Advisory Council, lobster zone councils of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, and other events, such as the Boston Seafood Show, relevant to the Maine lobster fishery. The Institute will culminate with an exchange trip to meet with lobstermen on Prince Edward Island in May, with a program wrap-up in June.

Participation in the Institute is limited to 20. Applicants must be able to attend the two-day retreat in late January, the exchange trip to Prince Edward Island in May, and a minimum of one meeting each month in February, March and April. Costs associated with the two-day retreat and the exchange trip to Canada will be covered by the Institute.

Applications must be received by December 15 for priority consideration. Lobstermen are also encouraged to nominate candidates from their communities for the program. For additional information or to receive an application, contact Patrice McCarron at the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance at 967-6221, email patrice@mainelobstermen.org or visit www.mlcalliance.org.