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Fishing Is Still the Most Dangerous Job

The Provincetown Independent illuminated the everyday challenges for commercial fishermen and lobstermen, such as safety and access to affordable care providers. Fishing Partnership Support Services navigator Morgan Eldredge emphasized the dangers of working in water and noted it is likely their safety training had motivated more fishermen to wear lifejackets at work. While fishing is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs, they must have the option to choose the right health plan to meet their needs.

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Fishermen training hopes to change culture of boating safety

The Press Herald in South Portland talked to former commercial lobstermen and Director of Safety Training for Fishing Partnership Support Services, Ed Dennehy on why prioritizing safety while out at sea is crucial. The two-day safety training offered by Fishing Partnership Support Services requires individuals to participate in the first training before signing up for the second course.

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Mass. nonprofit brings fisherman safety program to Wildwood Crest

The Press of Atlantic City observed a Fishing Partnership Support Services training for commercial fishermen. Fishing is one of the most dangerous professions, and when they are miles out at sea, there are no immediate first responders available. The survival skills taught at the training are imperative for the safety of all commercial fishermen.

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Tarr: Fishing rules don’t match industry realities

Sen. Bruce Tarr and Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership President Ed Barrett discuss the regulatory challenges of cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine, and how the challenges could impact fishermen in the Commonwealth.

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Employer Case Study: Fishing Partnership Support Services

Grayken Center for Addiction and J.J. Bartlett the President of Fishing Partnership Support Services discussed hurdles of overcoming the stigma of substance use disorder and how the community can be a positive influence. Navigators who work at Fishing Partnership Support Services are essential to the wellbeing and health of commercial fishermen and lobstermen.

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Food boat to serve up fish, education at farmers market

The Gloucester Times recounted a Rhode Island-based non-profit Eating with the Ecosystem’s almost 20-foot long “food boat” at Cape Ann Farmers Market. The “Food Boat” was created to educate fishermen about local seafood and how to craft a delicious meal with it. It’s designed to create a fun atmosphere for the community to learn about sustaining local seafood.

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‘Lifejackets for Lobstermen’ looks to save lives

News Center Maine highlighted ‘Lifejackets for Lobstermen’ as a project that will change the narrative for more lobstermen to wear comfortable flotation devices. The vans sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health carrying lifejackets continue to garner interest as they make their visits at ports along the coast of New England.

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Our View: Program helps make lobstering less dangerous

The Press Herald reported that a recent study showed less than a quarter of lobstermen wear life jackets. The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety spent the last few years to test what kind of life jackets work best for lobstermen at work. The Life Jackets for Lobstermen come in 11 different styles to ensure safety no matter what their task is.

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Lifejacket vans bringing life jackets to lobstermen in Maine and Massachusetts

Bangor Daily News highlighted The Lifejackets for Lobstermen campaign that is set to visit 43 harbors along the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine. The campaign creates a unique opportunity for lobsterman and fisherman to try on and purchase a variety of life jackets at a discount.

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Tide turning on wearing safety gear

The Gloucester Times addressed the rise of lobstermen taking safety seriously. Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety partnered with The Massachusetts Fishing Partnership and Support Services and The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association. Collectively, they attracted a multitude of lobstermen to explore personal safety devices customized for specific tasks. Through testimonials from other lobstermen who were previously met with the risks of falling overboard, they sold their 400th flotation device by mid-afternoon.

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