Coffee Mate Program

Join a Fisherman for Coffee

When you arrive in New Bedford, you might not know anyone. That gets old fast – which is why Fishing Partnership hosts the Coffee mate program, an opportunity to connect with local and traveling fishermen. Why not join a fisherman for coffee on us at one of New Bedford’s coffee houses? We invite you to relax, share experiences and learn about services and programs that can add to your visit.


Contact a New Bedford Navigator

Be our guest for coffee on your next visit to New Bedford. Contact Fishing Partnership Navigator Rob Jardin at 508.858.1826 or email him at Rob will greet you with a welcome bag, connect you with local fishermen for coffee and help you discover why New Bedford is America’s #1 fishing port.

Meet Rob Jardin

Meet Rob Jardin

New Bedford Fishing Partnership Navigator

“I love the commercial fishing industry and my job as a Navigator because I get to help members of this community directly. The Coffee mate program is a great opportunity for fishermen to share experiences with one another. Some of the most helpful and meaningful connections are made over a cup of coffee. Give me a call next time you’re visiting: 508.858.1826. I look forward to welcoming you to New Bedford and connecting you with other fishermen for conversation.”

Local New Bedford Coffee Shoppes

Photo credit @whalestailnb – Classic clam bar, located on Pier 3.

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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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