"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.


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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.


DELA at 2016 Fishermen's Forum!

Thank you for a successful Maine Fishermen's Forum! Our Gang 👍 — with Ethan Turner, Sheila Dassatt, Michael Dassatt, Hilton Turner and Sklar-Junior Navigator


The D.E.L.A. 25th Year Annual Meeting will be held Thursday Sept. 8th at Jasper's Restaurant in Ellsworth - 6:00 p.m. !

Speaker to be announced.

All are welcome!


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action - Public Hearing

Date, time and location of PUBLIC HEARING:
6 PM, Tuesday September 6, 2016; Bucksport
Middle School; 100 Miles Ln, Bucksport, ME

Chapter 25.65 Lobster and Crab Closure in Penobscot River

The Commissioner proposes this rulemaking in order to protect public health due to the risk of mercury contamination in lobsters and crabs found in the mouth of the Penobscot River north of a line starting at the westernmost point of Perkins Point in the Town of Castine continuing in a northwesterly direction to the southern most point on Squaw Point (also known as Rocky Point) on Cape Jellison in the Town of Stockton Springs. In 2013, DMR received data warranting the current closure in the mouth of the river in early 2014, and undertook confirmation work to provide the basis for future management or public health decisions. Based on analysis of the data collected in 2014 through the confirmation work, DMR determined that a consumption advisory would be warranted for lobster taken from an expanded area south of the existing closure. Because this remains a discrete area and in order to be health protective, DMR is instead taking action to expand the existing closed area. The Department expanded the closed area through an emergency rule-making effective June 21, 2016. This rule-making would make that emergency rule-making permanent. While the 2014 confirmation work did not show levels of concern for crabs, the area will remain closed to the harvest of crabs until further analysis can be conducted and management options analyzed.

For more information, please contact:
Hannah Dean
Regulations Officer/Aquaculture Hearings Officer
Maine Department of Marine Resources; hannah.dean@maine.gov

The next meeting of the Zone C Lobster Zone Council will be on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Deer Isle-Stonington High School Cafeteria.

Video conferencing will also be available at the:

North Haven Community School
Vinalhaven School

Please see the attached draft agenda, results of the Zone C Limited Entry Survey and the FAQ Handout regarding the Limited Entry Process.

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    Chapter 25.08 Lobster Trap Tag System

    Chapter 25.90 Swans Island Area Lobster Trap Regulation

    Chapter 25.97 Management Framework for Island Limited Entry Program


    This proposed rule-making addresses 1) a new requirement for the use of second zone lobster trap tags statewide, 2) the removal of the registration period for the Swans Island Lobster Conservation area, 3) a change in the maximum allowable number of lobster trap tags for the Swans Island Lobster Conservation Area from 475 to 600 traps, for consistency with a previous statutory change, and 4) the creation of an island limited entry program for the island for Swans Island.  

    This proposed rule-making proposes a requirement to use a second zone tag in all traps when fishing those traps in a zone other than their declared lobster zone. The second zone tag will be in addition to their declared lobster zone tag, and is needed to increase Marine Patrol’s ability to enforce the current 49/51% trap component of the Lobster Zone Limited Entry rules.  

    This proposed rulemaking would also remove the deadline for registration for the Swans Island Lobster Conservation Area, allowing individuals to register at any time of the year. In addition, this rulemaking would change the maximum allowable number of lobster trap tags for the Swans Island Lobster Conservation Area from 475 to 600, for consistency with existing Maine law.  

    Finally, this proposed rule-making addresses a recent island limited entry referendum vote for Swans Island. It would create the Swans Island limited entry program, allowing up to 72 commercial island resident lobster licenses to be issued annually, as authorized by 12 M.R.S. §6449.

    Date, time and location of PUBLIC HEARINGS:

    • September 12, 2016, 6:30 PM, Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium, One City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth

    • September 13, 2016, 6:00 PM, Rockland Ferry Terminal

    • September 14, 2016, 6:30 PM, University of Maine at Machias, Science Building, Room 102

    • September 19, 2016, 6:30 PM, Lincoln County Communications Center – Wiscasset