University of Maine Lobster Institute will host the 15th Canadian/U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting on Friday and Saturday, April 5 to 6, at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel in Portland. The meeting will run all day Friday, followed by an evening social, and will conclude at noon Saturday.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Two Nations, Two Fisheries: Shared Challenges, Shared Opportunities.” Lobstermen, dealers, processors, scientists and policymakers from the Northeast United States and Atlantic Canada will gather to discuss the status of the lobster resource and the business of lobstering.

The American lobster fishery is currently the most valuable single-species fishery in North America. But in both Canada and the United States the fishery is facing a gauntlet of challenges — from shifting lobster distributions in a warming ocean to a dwindling bait supply, redoubled gear restrictions to protect whales, and unpredictable global markets.

The town-meeting format will feature experts framing the issues with perspectives from both sides of the border, followed by a moderated discussion from the floor. The Lobstermen’s Town Meeting, first held in 2004, alternates between the U.S. and Canada each year.

To register for the 15th annual Lobstermen’s Town Meeting, visit or call 581-4095.