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Women’s Work Exhibit

Featuring more than sixty women from fishing communities in Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island, the Women’s Work Exhibit amplifies the voices and experiences of women working in the commercial fishing industry.

Open Enrollment 2022

Open Enrollment 2022

Open Enrollment 2022 starts November 1, 2021 and ends January 23, 2022. Fishing Partnership Navigators can help anyone in MA access health insurance. Contact a Navigator today! #getcovered, #staycovered.

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Massachusetts Infrastructure Grant Opportunity

Massachusetts Infrastructure Grant Opportunity

Fishermen, aquaculture, and seafood businesses can benefit from the Massachusetts Infrastructure Grant Opportunity when they apply to the Massachusetts Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program. Funds can be used to purchase equipment that makes their business and the local food system more resilient. This is a state-run, reimbursable grant program. The application deadline is November 7, 2021 and Fishing Partnership will send $150 to any fisherman who applies for the grant to offset the costs associated with applying.

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Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Quilt

Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Quilt

Gloucester’s Wives & Fishermen Shine On was the 20th anniversary celebration of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial featuring light and sound installations by Hersch Visuals and MF Dynamics and highlighted the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Quilt. The sound installation broadcast stories and recollections from contemporary fishermen’s wives that played alongside the light projection on the memorial.

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Cape Cod Foundation

Cape Cod Foundation

In February 2021 less than 4 months after Fishing Partnership Support Services [FPSS] successfully distributed $25,000 in financial assistance to Barnstable County fishermen, a second grant application was approved by the Cape Cod Foundation in the amount of $45,000 to provide additional help to those adversely impacted by COVID-19.

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Commercial Fishing Library

Commercial Fishing Library

The Commercial Fishing Library donated by Provincetown fisherman Alex Brown is a special library collection located in Fishing Partnership’s Chatham office. This is the start of the development of a special collection of commercial fishing books, some of which date back to 1880.

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Open Enrollment 2022

Open Enrollment 2022

Open Enrollment 2022 starts November 1, 2021 and ends January 23, 2022. Fishing Partnership Navigators can help anyone in MA access health insurance. Contact a Navigator today! #getcovered, #staycovered.

Cape Cod Foundation

Cape Cod Foundation

In February 2021 less than 4 months after Fishing Partnership Support Services [FPSS] successfully distributed $25,000 in financial assistance to Barnstable County fishermen, a second grant application was approved by the Cape Cod Foundation in the amount of $45,000 to provide additional help to those adversely impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Feeling anxious about COVID-19 vaccines and getting a shot? Read COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact and learn from trusted sources like the New York Times, Harvard Public Health and STAT News for why most Americans should get vaccinated.

Safety at Sea

Captain’s License Program

If you’re interested in the Captain’s License Program or earning another Merchant Mariner Credential, Fishing Partnership wants to connect you to our friends at the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Development Program (GFWDP) who has scholarships available for Massachusetts-based Commercial Fishermen to obtain their Able Seaman certificate and Captain’s License.

Safety Training in COVID19

Safety Training in COVID-19

Learn the COVID-19 protocols Fishing Partnership adheres to that ensure the safety of participants.

F/V Rebecca Mary

F/V Rebecca Mary

When the fishing vessel Rebecca Mary sank on June 17, 2020 forty miles off Nantucket, Captain Kevin Ralphe and his 3-man crew experienced what every fisherman dreads. Despite calm seas, secured hatches and little wind, the night watchman observed the boat suddenly taking on water in the pre-dawn hours.

Economic Security

Women's Work Exhibit

Women’s Work Exhibit

Featuring more than sixty women from fishing communities in Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island, the Women’s Work Exhibit amplifies the voices and experiences of women working in the commercial fishing industry.

Massachusetts Infrastructure Grant Opportunity

Fishermen, aquaculture, and seafood businesses can benefit from the Massachusetts Infrastructure Grant Opportunity when they apply to the Massachusetts Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program. Funds can be used to purchase equipment that makes their business and the local food system more resilient. This is a state-run, reimbursable grant program. The application deadline is November 7, 2021 and Fishing Partnership will send $150 to any fisherman who applies for the grant to offset the costs associated with applying.

Centuries in the Making:  Gloucester's Wives & Fishermen Shine On

Centuries in the Making:  Gloucester’s Wives & Fishermen Shine On

View gallery of images from the 20th anniversary celebration of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial on August 5, 2021 where Attorney General Maura Healey was honored for her support of commercial fishing families.

Request Services

Are you or your spouse a fisherman? Do you come from a fishing family? Or, are you a shoreline worker that lives in a coastal community [that's anyone that has a job that supports fishermen getting their product to market and includes boat mechanics, fish cutters and lumpers to name a few]? We're here to help. Complete the Request for Services form and we'll answer your call.

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What Fishermen Are Saying

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    Edward D., Marblehead

  • A lot of fishermen and their families would be without health care if it were not for you guys. Keep up the good work.

    Tom M., Hingham

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    Peter P., Gloucester

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