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Lifejacket Vans Bringing Lifejackets to Lobstermen

Falls overboard are the most frequent cause of death in the Northeast lobster fishing industry. The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety has partnered with Fishing Partnership Support Services, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, McMillan Offshore Survival Training, and the Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association to bring discounted lifejackets to fishermen in 40 port communities throughout Maine and Massachusetts.

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Jackets for safe lobstering

Since April, the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety Lifejackets for Lobstermen van has sold over 350 lifejackets and flotation bibs to commercial fishermen in Massachusetts and Maine. The group set out to showcase and sell lifejackets to fishermen in 40 lobstering communities throughout Massachusetts and Maine.

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New Life Saving Jackets for Lobstermen Coming to Gloucester, Manchesterbythesea

Rebecca Weil, Research Coordinator for the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety explains the origins of the Lifejackets for Lobsterman van tour and the importance of having proper lifejackets for all crew members.

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A Life-Long Lobsterman Also Works Hard On Ways To Avoid Whales

Cape Cod commends Rob Martin, a Lobsterman since he was 12 years old for proactively taking precautionary steps to protect whales while fishing. As an active member of Take Reduction Team and with the help of his wife, Lori Caron, a Navigator at Fishing Partnership Support Services, they are able to stay cognizant of regulations to protect whales.

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Group designs special life vests to keep lobstermen safe

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health researchers construct new life jackets designed specifically for lobstermen, who have the highest man overboard incidents in the fishing industry. The new life jackets for lobstermen were created as a result of researchers receiving feedback from over 500 lobstermen.

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Lifejackets for Lobstermen’ tours the coast to improve safety

WABI5 highlighted the new and improved lifejackets for lobstermen as the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety continues to tour the coast of Maine and Massachusetts. Lobstermen struggle to wear most life jackets while working because they are bulky. The new life jackets for lobstermen were created to be comfortable with the ability to be worn at all times while fishing.

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Local fishermen receive hands-on safety training on Tenants Harbor Pier

Penobscot Bay Pilot witnessed the seriousness of practicing safety and survival skills first-hand. Luis Catala, the Safety Training Coordinator at Fishing Partnership Support Services helped demonstrate how to maneuver in a survival suit in the water. The free safety training provides fishermen a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience using safety equipment in practicing survival skills.

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Commercial fishermen gain skills for sea survival at annual training

WABI5 paid a visit to Ed Dennehy, Director of Safety Training at Fishing Partnership Support Services and their team at their free safety training in Tenant’s Harbor, ME. The survival skills taught at the training can be passed along to the participants’ shipmates who will also benefit from the knowledge of what to do in potential what-if scenarios.

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Spreading Gloucester’s story: Minnesotans eat up film on fleet, seafood

Gloucester Times proclaimed Angela Sanfilippo of the Fishermen’s Wives Association, fisherman Al Cottone, former Mayor of Gloucester John Bell, and J.J. Bartlett, President of Fishing Partnership Support Services maintained spotlight in Minneapolis after viewing of “Dead in the Water.” The film captivated audience members by highlighting issues that commercial fishermen face on a normal workday due to climate change and government regulation.

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Gloucester Mayor Offers Aid to Displaced Plant Workers

NBC Boston reports that Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken is working to support individuals who were affected by the sudden closure of a fishing processing company. As people are going through the transition, Fishing Partnership Support Services will be available to answer any health insurance questions they have.

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