A group of about 20 local fishermen gathered at the U.S. Coast Guard facility in Wanchese recently to take part in a two-day safety training provided by Fishing Partnership Support Services (FPSS), a non-profit dedicated to the health, safety and economic security of commercial fishermen and their families. FPSS has worked to strengthen the commercial fishing industry by supporting fishermen since 1997. Team navigators assist fishing families in applying for health coverage, enroll in offered wellness programs, learn how to stay safe at sea through free safety programs and assist with financial planning and retirement. “We try to meet fisherman where they’re at, not take them away from their work at sea,” said John Roberts, FPSS director of safety training.