If you need immediate help for someone experiencing an opioid emergency call 911 if on land or the Coast Guard if at sea.

Fishing Partnership trains fishermen as First Responders at Sea.

Fishermen are among the first to arrive at the scene of a medical emergency at sea. As first responders, proper training is key to identifying and responding to an opioid overdose.

Fishing Partnership’s Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) training program provides fishermen with a greater understanding of the dangerous opioid epidemic facing our nation. While opioid use does not discriminate, it disproportionately impacts independent professionals working in strenuous, physically demanding professions with limited access to support systems, such as farmers, construction workers, and mariners.

Training provides fishermen with the skills to identify and respond to an opioid emergency. Naloxone is a medication that reverses an opioid overdose (also known by the brand-name Narcan™). Every fishing vessel’s first aid kit should include Narcan™; with training, you can save a life.

Fishing Partnership is proud of its efforts to support the health and safety of the commercial fishing industry and has been recognized as a ‘Labor Worksite’ organization committed to saving lives in the ‘White House Challenge | Saving Lives from Overdose’ found HERE


Are you a member of the fishing industry or shoreline worker who thinks you or someone you know is at risk for opioid use disorder? Fishing Partnership Recovery Coaches are trained to listen and help. Contact one of our trained professional recovery coaches and they will follow up within 24 hours to arrange a private phone call or secure video chat. All support is free of charge.

Request Narcan™ Training

Are you a captain or crewmember interested in preparedness and want to request Narcan training for your boat or place of work? Complete the Request Services form and check the box Narcan Training. If you are a member of the fishing community and want to request Narcan, you can do so on this same form by checking the box Request Narcan.


To learn more about Narcan services, to connect with a recovery coach or to get assistance with a wide range of other services including enrolling for health insurance, contact a Fishing Partnership office closest to you. Our interactive map provides quick finder buttons to reach Navigators in our Gloucester, Plymouth, New Bedford and Chatham port offices.