When something goes wrong at sea, like a boat capsizing or catching fire, fishermen have moments to make a series of decisions that may determine whether they live or die. But training for disaster can increase the likelihood of survival. That’s the idea behind a traveling safety training for fishermen that arrived in Cundy’s Harbor on Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6. The training was free and available to both fishermen and aquaculturists. Fishing Partnership Support Services, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, led classes at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall and hands-on exercises at the Holbrook Community Foundation. …
Over a dozen fishermen gathered in Cundy’s Harbor last week for a two-day safety training course led by Fishing Partnership Support Services, a Massachusetts-based organization devoted to improving the health, safety and economic security of fishing families. “Everybody on the crew needs to know how to use the fire extinguishers, needs to know how to rescue man overboard, needs to be in a survival suit,” said Dan Orchard, the group’s executive vice president. “Part of being a professional commercial fisherman is understanding your equipment and being ready in those situations.” …
Working on the water has its share of adventure, but there are also plenty of risks. To help ensure the survivability of emergencies at sea, members of the Massachusetts-based Fishing Partnership Support Services on March 24 and 25 ran a two-day safety and survival course hosted by Omega Protein in Reedville, Virginia….
“We along with the entire fishing community mourn the loss of Michael Roberts and Jonathan Saraiva,” J.J. Bartlett of Fishing Partnership Support Services said. “While their deaths were unbelievably tragic, we are honored to be able to celebrate their legacies by working to ensure that other fishermen and their families do not have to endure the same loss.”
They came despite the rain — dignitaries, fishermen, friends — to honor the efforts of fishermen’s wives in working for their families and their community. The occasion was the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the 12-foot Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial on Stacy Boulevard along Gloucester’s historic harbor. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Angela Sanfilippo and Lynn Burke all spoke.
Behind home plate, clustered in some of the best seats in the house, was a gathering of folks from the seafood industry or with links to the industry. There were some company owners and managers and some people from organizations supporting commercial fishermen. But mainly this group was composed of commercial fishermen from Massachusetts, both working and retired.
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 fishermen 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