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Organizing local Programs & Services that improve the health, safety, and economic security of fishermen and their families is something we work on all year long. These Programs & Services can sometimes come together quickly, so please check back often to see what’s happening near you.

Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s 2018 Annual Weekend and Industry Trade Show

  • Location: 35 Scudder Ave,, Hyannis, MA, 02601
  • Date: January 19, 2018 - January 21, 2018

Fishing Partnership Support Services will be present at the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s 2018 Annual Weekend!

This event is open to all and admission is FREE!

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday, Jan 19th 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday, Jan 20th 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday, Jan 21st 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Join us to learn about FPSS and all of the services we offer the commercial fishing community:
– Safety Training – Sign up for a spring training in your area!
– Harborside health interventions – Dental services, CPR/First Aid, Vaccines, etc.

Here are the services you and your family can take advantage of throughout the weekend:

– Receive FREE vaccines and health screenings from Cape VNA
– Receive a FREE sun safety scan with support of the Melanoma Foundation of New England
– Participate in a FREE women’s beginners yoga class
– Receive FREE health insurance enrollment and assistance
– Schedule a low-cost dental cleaning with Visiting Dental Associates of MA
– Receive a FREE hearing screening from Mass Audiology


For more information contact Lori Caron at or 781-635-0011.

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Fishing Vessel Stability Training - New Bedford

  • Location: 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA, 02740
  • Date: February 12, 2018

This workshop provides practical information and hands on training on vessel stability and emergency responses to flooding problems which cause many casualties. This workshop is oriented towards the commercial fishing environment and is designed to meet future training requirements for commercial fishermen.

Topics covered include:

Requirements & Responsibilities
Stability Terminology
Stability Principles & the Stability Curve
Operational Considerations
Understanding Stability Reports
Flooding control & prevention

Please contact Monica DeSouza at 508-991-3043 or Debra Kelsey at 508-991-3043 to sign up, or you can register below.

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Safety & Survival Training - New Bedford

  • Location: 706 S Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA, 02744
  • Date: March 08, 2018

These hands-on trainings, provided at no cost to commercial fishermen, are sponsored by Fishing Partnership Support Services, and conducted by Coast Guard Accepted Marine Safety Instructors.

The one day program includes: on-board firefighting, flooding & pump operations, flares & EPIRBS, survival suits, life raft equipment, man overboard and helicopter hoist procedures and first aid. If you have a survival suit, bring it. Lunch is provided! The training is supported by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP).

Please contact Monica DeSouza at 508-991-3043 or Debra Kelsey at 508-991-3043 to sign up, or you can register below.

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If you’re one of the 11,000 people who work in our local commercial fishing industry, at sea or on shore, you and your family are entitled to all the benefits and free services we offer.

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