"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.

  DELA Director Mike Faulkingham & wife, Georgette

DELA Director Mike Faulkingham & wife, Georgette

  DELA director Terry Savage with his grandson, Nolan.

DELA director Terry Savage with his grandson, Nolan.


 Photo Credit:  ms.akr

Downeast Lobstermenโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‘ โ€” with Ethan Turner, Sheila Dassatt, Michael Dassatt, Hilton Turner and Sklar-Junior Navigator


DMR NOTICE, 9/11/17:

REMINDER: Fall 2017 ME-NH Inshore Trawl Survey Starts October 2nd

Maine Department of Marine Resources sent this bulletin at 09/11/2017 01:10 PM EDT


Legal Hauling Times for the Maine Lobster Fishery ~ 2017 

As a reminder, the Weekends Closed Periods are date specific and not about the Memorial Day Holiday or the Labor Day Holiday.  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 2017 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 ยฝ hour after sunset until ยฝ hour before sunrise from June 1st to October 31st, both days inclusive; 

WEEKENDS: During the period from 4 p.m., EDST, Saturday to ยฝ 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.

*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 โ€“ Boothbay Harbor
Division II Office โ€“ Lamoine
                             Dela director Glenn beal

                           Dela director Glenn beal

  Our DELA President, Hilton Turner & his grandson, Jackson. Our next generation! ๐Ÿ˜Š โš“๏ธ

Our DELA President, Hilton Turner & his grandson, Jackson. Our next generation! ๐Ÿ˜Š โš“๏ธ