2024 ALI Summit

ALI Regional Research & Outreach Summit

Registration for the second Regional Lobster Research & Outreach Summit for the Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative (ALI) is now open (click here to register)! Maine Sea Grant will host the ALI Summit on February 12-13, 2024, at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa. The 2024 Summit will focus on building bridges across all groups harvesting, researching, and managing lobster to address and collaboratively develop solutions to new challenges the industry is facing.

We are still early in the planning process but envision this event as a way to bring the network together to share updates, receive feedback, and embark on new collaborative research and extension projects. Based on input following our first in-person Summit and helpful suggestions from the ALI’s Regional Steering Committee, we have developed the following plan for the 2024 Summit:

  • Day 1 (Monday, February 12):
    • Light breakfast – 8:00-9:00 am
    • Morning plenary and panel discussion – 9:00-12:00 pm
    • Lunch – 12:00-1:00 pm
    • Afternoon topical area breakout sessions – 1:00-4:00 pm
    • Evening social and poster session – 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Day 2 (Tuesday, February 13):
    • Light breakfast – 8:00-9:00 am
    • Morning topical area breakout sessions – 9:00-12:00pm
    • Lunch – 12:00-1:00 pm
    • Afternoon plenary and panel discussion 1:00-4:00 pm

We plan to use the plenary and panel discussion portions of the meeting to focus on broad-scale issues relevant to all members of the ALI network, like how we can better engage our diverse partners in collaborative research to address emerging issues. We will then use the topical area breakout sessions to take a deeper dive into research topics through a combination of scientific presentations and facilitated discussion. 

Since we are still working out the details for this event, we encourage you to fill out this form (click here) to help shape our agenda. We hope you will join us for this in-person event (click here to register) as we make connections across the many ALI-affiliated partners.


Hotel information:

To receive a discounted room rate ($139 per night) as part of the group block, please call the Portland Regency directly at (207) 774-4200. When you call, reference the “National Sea Grant Research Summit” or the block ID: 436 665. We apologize but there is no online booking available at this point in time.

If you have any questions or need assistance booking your stay, please reach out to Amalia Harrington (amalia.harrington@maine.edu) or (207) 581-1440.