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Turning 26 and Health Insurance

Did you know that turning 26 is a qualifying event for accessing affordable health insurance outside of an open enrollment period? Children can remain on a parent’s health insurance plan until they turn 26. Upon turning 26, individuals need to secure health insurance independent of their parent’s health plans.

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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Captain’s License Program

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.

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What Fishermen Are Saying

  • Fishing Partnership has had a major impact on my life. In these uncertain times in the fishing industry, having access to affordable health insurance is a great relief. Thank you, your efforts are much appreciated.

    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

  • We can’t thank Fishing Partnership enough for being there when we needed affordable quality health coverage.

    Peter P., Gloucester

  • Fishing Partnership is the best thing that ever happened to fishermen. Without it, I wouldn’t know what to do about my doctor bills.

    Antone S., New Bedford