Major issues including drastic changes to the Whale Rules and the implementation of offshore wind farms are looming over Maine’s lobster fishery. The MLA remains a staunch advocate, the one with experience, knowledge, and the determination to protect this industry. We are the organization that will speak up against unfair regulations. Many lobstermen have trusted the MLA for over 65 years. Shouldn’t you?

Join today and share your commitment to protecting Maine’s lobster fishery. MLA has always worked diligently, day by day, month by month, to fight for what we believe in – our fishermen, the sustainable wild-caught food they provide, the jobs and economic stability they create for our rural coastal communities, and the continued opportunity for our children to live and work in Maine. So whether you are a commercial lobsterman, a business that works with Maine's lobster industry, or someone passionate about lobstermen and Maine's coastal communities, a membership in the MLA demonstrates your commitment to Maine's future. 

Please join today by clicking the links below.


Membership for Commercial Harvesters

  • Harvester $275 - for commercial Maine lobstermen 
  • Highliner $375 - for Maine commercial lobstermen who want to show additional support 
  • Jr Harvester $150 - under age 18
  • Sr Harvester $150 - over age 65
  • Retired $75 - for those who wish to support the MLA but no longer hold a commercial license

Membership for Harvester Families

  • Harvester Family $350 - includes spouses and children age 23 and under still living at home.

*Please note that if you have previously been a family member and wish to renew at a different level, you'll need to contact our office at 207-967-4555.
We apologize for the inconvenience!

Membership for Friends of the Maine Lobster Fishery

  • Lobster Friend $125 - for anyone who wishes to support the MLA but is not a commercial harvester
  • Lobster Lover $275 - for anyone who REALLY wants to support the MLA but is not a commercial harvester
  • Sternman $75 - for those working on fishing vessels

Membership For Businesses

  • Keeper Membership $350 - Basic membership support. Includes listing by name in our monthly newsletter, listing in our online directory, weekly email updates, and a subscription to our newsletter
  • Select Membership $675 - An opportunity to show additional support. Includes a full listing of your business by category in our monthly newsletter, a listing in our online directory including your logo, weekly email updates, and newsletter subscription for you and your staff, and more!

Membership has its benefits.

A Voice and an Ear

  • Leadership. MLA Members nominate and elect the MLA Board to lead the organization and connect with you.
  • Have questions? Concerns? MLA is listening; we are just a phone call or an e-mail away.
  • Social Media. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too!

Vessel Insurance and Discounts

  • Comprehensive vessel insurance at competitive rates through Smithwick & Mariners Insurance.
  • Excellent claims record and no required lay-up period.
  • Covers researchers working on your vessel if you carry P&I coverage.
  • 5% discount for completing the Drill Conductor course.
  • Discounts at participating businesses including propellers, bait, financial services and MLA swag.

Real-time Information

  • E-mail roundup. Weekly e-mail of the latest lobster industry news.
  • Special outreach with relevant industry updates, by mail or email - you choose!
  • Up-to-date event calendar with important meetings, hearings, and special events like the lobster boat races.

Got your Hat?

  • Free hat and bumper sticker each year to show that you are a proud MLA member!

Your membership matters. Please join today.

You can Join or Renew using the online forms above or print and mail these forms to: MLA, 2 Storer St, Ste 203, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Questions? Please email Sunshine Mechtenburg, [email protected], or call the MLA Membership Office at 207-967-4555.