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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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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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