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Organizing local Programs & Services that improve the health, safety, and economic security of fishermen and their families is something we work on all year long. These Programs & Services can sometimes come together quickly, so please check back often to see what’s happening near you.

Northeast Center Lifejackets for Lobstermen!

  • Location: Various locations, Various towns, Massachusetts and Maine
  • Date: April 01, 2019 - November 15, 2019
  • Time: 08:00am - 05:00pm

“Lifejackets for Lobstermen”

We’re proud to partner with the Northeast Center for Occupational Health & Safety (NEC) on their “Lifejackets for Lobstermen” Van Tour. The tour runs April – November and will stop at ports across Massachusetts and Maine. A one-time discount will be offered! Visit our Facebook page for updates on tour stops. Upcoming Maine locations and FAQ are below.

 


Since April, the Lifejackets for Lobstermen team has sold over 650 lifejackets directly to lobstermen!

Next week, the LFL team will be on Mount Desert Island all week.

Catch them at the following stops:

  • September 23rd at 10:00am: Bass Harbor – Lot by Harbormasters Office on Rice Road
  • September 24th at 10:00am: Southwest Harbor – Manset Town Dock
  • September 25th at 10:00am: Southwest Harbor – Manset Town Dock
  • September 26th at 10:00am: Southwest Harbor – Manset Town Dock
  • September 27th at 10:00am: Northeast Harbor – Town Pier

The vans will usually be set up from 11:00 a.m. to late afternoon – please call us at 607-422-7527 to check times on a specific day.

There may be changes to the schedule, so feel free to call to confirm.

Check back here, keep an eye on our social media posts, and watch your inbox for email blasts for information on when the Lifejackets for Lobstermen van is coming to a port near you!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Lifejacket for Lobstermen Project?

NEC has been working with commercial lobstermen to find out what lifejackets they can wear while working; to be prepared for those unexpected events like falls overboard, which account for the majority of lobster fishing fatalities.

What are the Lifejacket Vans?

Two life jacket vans are visiting over 40 ports in Massachusetts and Maine over the course of 8 months; offering the ability  to compare popular life-saving devices side-by-side, and the chance for commercial lobstermen to purchase these at a 50% discount.

How can I find the vans or ask questions?

Visit this page or the project’s Facebook page for updates, contact project staff via email at LifejacketProject@bassett.org, or call (607) 221-4448.

What is in the vans?

There are 11 different models of lifejackets and buoyancy aids available in the vans, with different wear types, buoyancy, and certifications. All the models have been chosen based on feedback from commercial lobstermen who trialed flotation devices and found them to be the most comfortable and workable.

Who can buy lifejackets at the vans?

We are able to sell, in person, to commercial lobstermen, and commercial fishermen with a bycatch lobster licence, with the 50% discount. Everyone is welcome to try on the different models and learn more about them.

What age do you have to be to purchase?

Ages 18+ may purchase lifejackets from the van. Ages 16-17 may purchase a device from the van with parental signature. Captains may buy for crew, but cannot serve as a substitute for parental permission.

Why are you only selling to commercial lobstermen or fishermen with a lobster bycatch license?

Commercial lobstermen in the Northeast have the highest rates of fatalities from falls overboard. If the project is successful, we hope local organizations or marine suppliers will continue the program and offer it to a wider range of fishermen.

Why are you selling USCG-approved devices as well as non-USCG-approved devices?

The purpose of this project is to find out what lobstermen can actually wear regularly and work in easily. Every boat should already have USCG-approved lifejackets on board, but generally fishermen are not wearing them. We are selling lifejackets that lobstermen have identified as being work-friendly, and the vans give fishermen the opportunity compare different devices side-by-side, finding what works best for them.

How much do the lifejackets cost?

The lifejackets range from $38-$240 retail; with our 50% discount, prices range from $19-$120.

How do I pay for the lifejacket?

We can accept cash or credit/debit cards. We cannot accept checks. All sales are final; no returns or exchanges.

How much is sales tax for PFDs?

In Massachusetts, 5.5% will be charged. If you have a tax exempt form/number, please bring it with you to the vans. It must be written on your receipt for sales tax to be waived.


The NEC is funded through the Centers for Disease Control to address prominent occupational safety and health hazards in agricultural, forestry and fishing communities throughout the Northeast. In addition to conducting research and developing safety programs, the Center offers safety training, health screening and counseling services to agricultural, forestry and fisheries workers.


To find out more about the Lifejackets for Lobstermen campaign, visit the project’s Facebook page for updates, contact project staff via email at LifejacketProject@bassett.org, or call (607) 221-4448.

Funding for this program is provided by NEC.

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Safety & Survival Training - New Bedford, MA

  • Location: UMASS Dartmouth SMAST - 706 S. Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA, 02744
  • Date: September 26, 2019
  • Time: 08:00am - 04:00pm

These FREE hands-on trainings are sponsored by Fishing Partnership Support Services and conducted by Coast Guard-Accepted Marine Safety Instructors.

The one-day program includes:

  • On-board firefighting
  • Flooding & pump operations
  • Flares & EPIRBS
  • Survival suits
  • Life raft equipment
  • Man-overboard procedures
  • First aid

If you have a survival suit, please bring it.

Lunch is provided!

DURING LUNCH: The Barnstable County Department of Public Health will be available to give FREE vaccinations for flu, tetanus, and pneumonia as well as screenings for glucose and cholesterol levels and blood pressure readings. If you have an insurance card, please bring it with you.

For more information, please contact Deb Kelsey at (508) 884-6661; Jenny Amaral or Rob Jardin at (508) 991-3043, or register below.

This training is supported by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP).


Health Insurance Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2019

Renew your health insurance plan, sign up for the first time, or shop for a new plan that’s affordable for you and your family. Reach out to your local Navigator for help.

Fishing Partnership Navigators are available to help you!

Click here to contact your Navigator for assistance!

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Drill Conductor Certification - New Bedford, MA

  • Location: UMASS Dartmouth SMAST - 706 S. Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA, 02744
  • Date: September 27, 2019
  • Time: 08:00am - 03:00pm

This course meets the Drill Conductor certification requirements of 46 CFR 28.270. To register for this training, you must have completed our Safety and Survival Training* course within the past year.

Upon completion of the Drill Conductor course, you will be prepared and certified to conduct emergency drills. Commercial fishing vessels operating beyond three nautical miles are required to conduct these drills on a monthly basis.

  • Man Overboard
  • Fire
  • Damage Control
  • Abandon Ship

The one-day training involves an Emergency Procedures classroom session in the morning, and an On-board Drills session (aboard a local vessel) in the afternoon.

*Safety & Survival Training is a pre-requisite of Drill Conductor Certification

For more information, please contact Deb Kelsey at (508) 884-6661 or Jenny Amaral at (508) 991-3043, or register below.


Health Insurance Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2019

Renew your health insurance plan, sign up for the first time, or shop for a new plan that’s affordable for you and your family. Reach out to your local Navigator for help.

Fishing Partnership Navigators are available to help you!

Click here to contact your Navigator for assistance!

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Big Boats, Little Boats - New Bedford, MA

  • Location: FPSS New Bedford, 38 Bethel Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740
  • Date: September 28, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am - 04:00pm

Rain date: Sunday, September 29th


Big Boats, Little Boats is a celebration of commercial fishing culture in New Bedford, the #1 Fishing Port in the Country.

Through exhibits, demonstrations, walking tours, dockside vessel tours, author readings, and performances, this event showcases industry skills, fisheries science, and sustainable seafood.  Click here for more information on Big Boats, Little Boats!

And visit the Fishing Partnership tent to meet or say hello to our New Bedford Navigators and learn about all of our services!


Don’t Forget! Open Enrollment begins November 1st! Our Navigators can help you renew your health insurance plan, sign up for the first time, or shop for a new plan that’s affordable for you and your family. Contact your Navigator today for assistance!

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Vaccination & Screening Clinic - New Bedford, MA

  • Location: Bergie's Seafood, 8 Hassey Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740
  • Date: October 07, 2019
  • Time: 10:00am - 03:00pm

Avoid sick days by getting your flu shot early! 

Fishing Partnership Support Services is partnering with the Southcoast Health Wellness Van to offer FREE vaccinations and screenings in New Bedford.

Vaccinations:  Flu, Tetanus, and Pneumonia

Screenings: Glucose, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol

For more information, email Deb or call her at (508) 884-6661, email Jenny or Rob or call (508) 991-3043

or register below.

 


Health Insurance Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2019

Renew your health insurance plan, sign up for the first time, or shop for a new plan that’s affordable for you and your family. Reach out to your local Navigator for help.

Fishing Partnership Navigators are available to help you!

Click here to contact your Navigator for assistance!


 

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