Welcome to Downeast Lobstermen's Association!


Down East 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 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.

DELA would be proud to have you join us as a member.  Some people say, “why be a member?”  The more the membership, the bigger the voice.  When you look at our fishery from where we came to where it is going, we need to stay united.  When a package of hot dogs cost more than what a lobsterman gets paid for a pound of lobster off the boat, this is a big problem!  With the cost of operating climbing, it’s only going to get tougher, especially when you factor in all of the changing regulations as well.  Over the past year, DELA has really stepped up to its presence as a leader in our fishery.  We have earned the respect from many for being straight forward and holding to our positions.  DELA will not double talk.  We mean what we say and say what we mean.  That’s “Downeast Tradition".  Some people will say that it is a done deal but we have a different belief:  remember what Joshua Chamberlain said to his troops of the 2nd Maine at Gettysburg, “We are the end of the line, if we fail, we will lose this battle, if we lost this battle, we lose the war.”
We hope that you would consider joining DELA –
“Your Voice Will Be Heard!”

If you are interested in becoming a member to support the Maine Fisheries, please contact us or click on 'Membership' tab for more information.

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