Serving Commercial Fisherman and their Families

This is an extremely challenging time for our fishing community. Here at Fishing Partnership Support Services, we are working diligently to bring you all the resources available to support you, your family and your business during COVID-19. In the days and weeks to come, we will be adding news and content to this website page to keep you informed. We will also be communicating with you through email campaigns, so please sign up below if you are not on our list. If you have questions on your Massachusetts health insurance, please contact a Navigator.

Stay Informed

Slow the Spread and Recognize Symptoms

Learn how to slow the spread, prevent getting sick and watch out for common symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Essential Community Multilingual Services

Up-to-date information and referrals (multiple languages): dial 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone and press 2-6 for COVID-19, or use the live chat option on the Massachusetts 211 website.

Stay Healthy

Find Health and Dental Plans

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, an extended enrollment period is available through May 25, 2020 for qualified Massachusetts residents who are uninsured. Learn more

More health care questions? Contact your Navigator.

Access Medical Care and Advice

If you feel sick, call your doctor. Your doctor can tell you whether to remain at home or come in for evaluation. Massachusetts residents can also use at no cost to learn about COVID-19 symptoms and receive treatment recommendations. All insurers in Massachusetts now cover telehealth – online or smartphone care for physical and mental health care. Visit your insurer’s website for more information.

Family Care And Children

Helpful links for families:

How to support your children’s emotional well being during the COVID19 Pandemic.

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Exempt Emergency Child Care programs for essential workers.

Mental and Social Health Resources

Fishing Partnership partners with area mental health providers, such as Riverside Trauma Center (part of Riverside Community Care). Contact your Navigator for additional assistance. 

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (text: TalkWithUs to 66746 – free, 24/7 national hotline providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress due to a disaster.

Read more

Managing Anxiety and Stress – information from the CDC

iHope Network: Videoconferencing therapy covered by many major health insurance companies

Social Health: Social distancing does not equal social isolation! Staying connected to friends and family is more important than ever. Several internet providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, are offering free or low-cost access for those who qualify. 

Recovery Resources:

Oceans of Recovery: Contact Rob at 508-991-3043

SAMHSA Virtual Recovery resources

Connections recovery and e-therapy app.

Safety at Sea

VIEW Webinar Recording by National Fisherman: Preparing You, Your Crew and Your Vessel Against COVID19

View Handout from Webinar Event

Download PDF for guidance on safe fishing practices for you and your crew in the time of COVID-19.

Financial Resources

Small Business Loans

Get small business guidance and loan resources; find out how to apply for an economic injury disaster loan from the small business administration.

Economic Stimulus Payments

The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in mid April and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. Learn more at

Traditional Unemployment

Get important information about applying for traditional unemployment insurance.

Food Assistance

Learn more about applying for SNAP (food stamps), finding a local food bank, or accessing an emergency grocery card.


Community food banks – Project Bread:

We have a limited number of food cards: contact your Navigator to inquire about requesting an emergency food card.


Pandemic Unemployment

Get started today by submitting your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program application.