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.
The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety, a not-for-profit that specializes in issues related to commercial fishing, farming and logging has joined forces with fishing stakeholders, such as the Fishing Partnership Support Services, to promote the benefits of personal flotation devices in training programs. Read more about the Lifejackets for Lobstermen program in this article.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has crushed commercial markets for local fresh fish in New England. This means fishermen are earning less and their families are hurting. Read how Fishing Partnership Support Services delivered $25,000 in financial aid to commercial fishing families in 30 days.
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.
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.
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