October 13th & 16th, 2017

These hands-on trainings, provided at no cost to commercial fishermen, are sponsored by Fishing Partnership Support Services, and conducted by Coast Guard Accepted Marine Safety Instructors.

Safety & Survival Training 706 Rodney French Blvd New Bedford, MA 02740 October 13th 7:30am – 3:30pm

The one day program includes: on-board firefighting, flooding & pump operations, flares & EPIRBS, survival suits, life raft equipment, man overboard and helicopter hoist procedures and first aid. If you have a survival suit, bring it. Lunch is provided courtesy of Ocean Marine Insurance Agency. The training is supported by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP).  Cape VNA will be offering FREE vaccines and health screenings for attendees during the lunch break. Drill Conductor Training 706 Rodney French Blvd New Bedford, MA 02740 October 16th 8:00am – 4:00pm This course meets the Drill Conductor certification requirements of 46 CFR 28.270. To qualify, you must have attended our Safety and Survival Training course within the past year. Upon completion of the Drill Conductor course, you will be prepared and certified to conduct emergency drills: Man Overboard, Fire, Damage Control, and Abandon Ship.  (Commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the three nautical miles are required to conduct these drills on a monthly basis). The one-day training involves an Emergency Procedures classroom session in the morning, and an On-board Drills session (aboard a local vessel) in the afternoon.

For more information or to sign up for the training contact Deb Kelsey at (508) 884-6661 or Monica DeSousa at (508) 991-3043. Health Insurance Open Enrollment November 1st, 2017 – January 23rd, 2018

Need to renew your health insurance or have questions about signing up? You may still be eligible to enroll. Contact a Fishing Partnership Navigator for assistance with health insurance coverage, understanding your insurance benefits, or finding a doctor.




Fishermen hope bumper sticker gets Trump’s attention

March 30, 2017 

Stonington — For struggling Town Dock fishermen, President Trump’s promise to eliminate regulations and spur the economy means they might finally have success in their long fight to rescind the catch restrictions they say are not only unfair and based on bad science but are putting them out of business.

So in an effort to attract Trump’s attention and help spread their message in Washington, they have printed up a bumper sticker that will be appearing on vehicles here in coming days.

The sticker features a picture of Trump giving a thumbs-up next to a fishing boat with the slogan “Make Commercial Fishing Great Again,” a spin on Trump’s popular campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

“He’s sat down and talked to coal miners and truck drivers. We’d like to be able to get the seafood industry to sit down and talk to him,” said Mike Gambardella, who runs his family’s fish wholesale business at the Town Dock. “It’s a matter of him understanding the problem.”

Gambardella said if fishermen just had the chance to explain the long-standing problem to Trump, “his head would spin.”





How Smart Fishery Management Saved The Atlantic Sea Scallop

Suffering scallop populations made a comeback after the strategic closure of three critical fisheries.

Scallops taught the United States an important lesson in sustainability.

A smart fishery management plan was meant to relieve suffering cod and flounder populations, but it also prevented the Atlantic sea scallop market from fizzling out in the ’90s.

In 1991, New England fisheries yielded 37 million pounds of scallops. Scientists started to worry when scallop landings dropped to less than 10 million pounds in 1994.


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