"For the Fishermen, By the Fishermen."
DELA was formed by a small group of lobstermen in the Jonesport, Maine Area. Since it's humble beginning, this association has become known state and nationwide. Our membership includes lobstermen from Kittery to Eastport. We also have members in the Atlantic States, such as New Hampshire and Massachusetts. All of these lobstermen share the same interest and concerns about their fishery. We also have Business Associate and Avid Supporter memberships from as far as the West Coast, such as Washington state.
Downeast Lobstermen’s Association (DELA) represents Maine fishermen and their families to sustain traditional lobstering as it has been upheld for generations. DELA is a qualified exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Times for the Maine Lobster Fishery ~ 2018
Maine Department of Marine Resources sent this bulletin at 08/31/2018 07:18 PM EDT
As a reminder, Lobster fishing is permissible on Sundays from September 1st until May 31st, both days inclusive.
Attached to this message is a document showing the legal hauling times for 2018 for the Maine lobster fishery.
This information pertains to both commercial and non-commercial state licensed lobster harvesters in both state and federal waters.
It is unlawful to raise or haul any lobster trap:
SUMMER: During the period 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise from June 1st to September 30th, both days inclusive, and during the period 1/2 hour after sunset until 4 a.m. from October 1st to October 31st, both days inclusive;
WEEKENDS: During the period from 4 p.m., EDST, Saturday to 1/2 hour before sunrise the following Monday morning from June 1st to August 31st, both days inclusive*.
It is legal to haul lobster traps at any time from Nov 1st to May 31st; it is also legal to set lobster traps at any time throughout the year.
Legal hauling times statewide (as shown in the attached chart) are computed from the times of sunrise and sunset for Augusta, Maine as established by the National Almanac Office of the U.S. Naval Observatory and are shown in EDST.
*It is lawful to raise or haul traps during this period if a hurricane warning issued by NWS is in effect for the coastal waters of the State.
For more information, contact the Maine Marine Patrol Division Office nearest you.
Division I Office – Boothbay Harbor
Division II Office – Lamoine