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A Growing Number Of New England Lobstermen Wear Life Jackets

Steve Holler

WBUR reports that more lobstermen in New England are wearing life jackets while they work. It’s thanks to a research project from The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Over the past few years, researchers surveyed and recruited 181 lobstermen to test out different styles and used their feedback to redesign the jackets so that they worked for their needs. In all, the project distributed 1,087 new life jackets.

New Bedford Fishermen Train To Survive The Winter Sea

Cape Cod Times

Dan Orchard, vice president of Fishing Partnership Support Services led a survival training for 25 New Bedford crewmen after captains requested it following the sinking of the Emmy Rose in November. The Emmy Rose, based in Portland, ME sank off Provincetown on route to Gloucester, MA. Four experienced commercial fishermen were lost at sea. The all day event took place in Sandwich, MA on Friday December 18th. Read more about how Fishing Partnership safety instructors prepare crewmen for the pressures of an emergency at sea.

Help with Household Expenses For Fishing Families

Cape Cod Times

The Fishing Partnership Support Services is offering financial support to commercial fishing families living in Barnstable County. In partnership with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Cape Cod Foundation, this fund provides assistance for rent, child care expenses, household utility bills, and gas and grocery cards.

WBUR Radio Interview

WGBH In It Together

Listen to this podcast from WGBH’s In It Together hosted by Arun Rath. He interviews Heidi Sulman, Fishing Partnership’s Vice President of Health Policy on the economic impact of COVID-19 on commercial fishermen.

Fishermen Need Help

Commercial fishermen are essential workers and heroes who risk their lives to feed us. The pandemic has threatened the collective livelihood of the 20,000 fishermen we serve. You can help local fishing families by answering the call. Make a donation to support Fishing Partnership programs and thank you.

Become a Member

Show your support for commercial fishermen and become a supporting member of Fishing Partnership today. It costs nothing to join!  You will receive news and updates on the local fishermen who bring you the freshest seafood, sustainably caught, from the most highly regulated wild fisheries in the world.

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 fisherman 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