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January 2013 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 11. Commercial Fishing News DELA DIRECTOR'S REPORT

From the Director – Happy New Year to everyone for the upcoming 2013 season! As we enter the New Year and leave 2012 behind us, I’m sure that we all have mixed feelings. With such things happening as a mass school shooting in New Town, CT, and the two fi shermen that were lost at sea from Deer Isle, it can change how we look at our own place in life. The importance of family and neighbors take on a new meaning for all of us. Our hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of the victims and their families. I always fi nd this particular Director’s

report a diffi cult one to write. I try to refl ect on the year that we just left behind and look toward the future with a “ray of hope.” I do believe that better days are coming if we look at it from a simpler perspective. What I mean by that is basically what it says: we need to keep our lives a little less complex. I know that when people need help, it is a good idea to give a helping hand. As the home base for D.E.L.A., perhaps I should explain a little more of what an association does as your representation. We receive calls to post these happenings on the web and do the best that we can to help. A couple of days ago, we received a call from a caring person that was asking for our help with wind, currents and the possibility if two young men from the Landings School could possibly still be alive. We were told that they left in kayaks on the last beautiful day that we had. Regardless of the circumstances, Mike spent quite a while researching his charts and satellite fi ndings from the date that they disappeared. At this point in time, they have not been located. We have been asked more than once for help or “hope” from people that are not fi shermen. We want people to understand that

fi shermen are some of the best stewards for helping in times of trouble or need. This is just one small part of some of the things that we do to help in the maritime industry. We may not always physically get out there, the Coast Guard does great doing their job, but we think they just want to talk to someone that can listen and care. We have also been receiving a lot of pictures of new little ones on the Facebook site and notices of people that have passed on. This is a wonderful way for all of us to stay in touch with each other, not matter what the circumstances are. This is what we are all about.

I am also very pleased to say that we have been receiving a lot more contact and membership interest from our younger fi shermen. It is good to have communications with our younger generation and fi nd out their opinions about the future of the lobster fi shery. We just signed Dana Black of Orland on as a new member and Darling’s Chevrolet & Auto Mall in Ellsworth. Welcome aboard! The Commissioner and the Department of Marine Resources is having a series of meetings that will enable the entire lobster fi shery to participate in.

These meetings

will be about our profi tability issues, the quality of the harvest, days to fi sh, and “The Independent Evaluation of the Limited Entry System for Lobster and Crab.” It is very important to each of us that you participate if you can possibly attend the meeting that is scheduled for your area. The schedule is as follows: The meetings that were scheduled for January 3rd & 4th will be re-scheduled to a later date (Boothbay Harbor, Jonesport, Machias & Jonesport). We will keep you posted on Facebook. Friendship – Jan. 7, 2 pm Hahn Community

Center Tenants Harbor – Jan. 7, 6 pm St. George Town Hall

Swans Island – Jan. 9, 11 am Swans Island Fire House

Mount Desert Island – Jan. 9, 5 pm Mount Desert Elementary School – The Forum NE Hbr. Yarmouth – Jan. 14, 5 pm Log Cabin Bucksport – Jan. 16, 11 am Bucksport Town Offi ce – Council Chambers Deer Isle – Jan. 16, 4 pm Deer Isle- Stonington High School Cafeteria Vinalhaven – Jan. 17, 11 am Vinalhaven Town Offi ce

Scarborough – Jan. 23, 11 am Scarborough Town Offi ce – Council Chamber “A” Bath – Jan. 23, 4 pm Bath City Hall Auditorium

Bristol – Jan. 28, 5 pm Bristol Town Hall York – Jan 31, 5 pm York Public Library – Community Meeting Room

For more information, call Sarah

Cotnoir at (207) 624-6596 or e-mail her at

Further notices for upcoming events are:

The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s

Association’s 50th Anniversary Annual Weekend is scheduled for January 24th – 27th at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Massachusetts. For further info, call Beth or Bill at (781) 545-6984. There is still time! The 38th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum is scheduled for Feb. 28th, March 1 & 2nd at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. For more info, contact Chilloa Young at (207)442-7700 or e-mail: chilloa@ The Lobster Institute’s 2013 Canadian/U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting will be Friday – March 22 & Saturday – March 23 at the Delta Brunswick Hotel, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. Call The Lobster Institute at (207)581-1443 & www. for more information.

Help the Families of FOXY LADY II

The Community of Deer Isle-Stonington has established a fund to help the families effected by the disappearance of the F/V FOXY LADY II. Those who wish to show their support may send donations to: Fishermen's Fund

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 25 Church St

Deer Isle, ME 04627


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