April 2, 2003
Fishermen’s Partnership to Honor Senator Kennedy
Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation Friday, April 4
The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership will present its Lifetime
Achievement Award to Senator Edward M. Kennedy during ceremonies this Friday
evening at the Peabody Marriott’s Centennial Ballroom from 5:00 p.m. until
7:00 p.m. Senator Kennedy will attend the presentation to accept the award.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Support of Fishing Families Presented by
the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership to Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Reception 5 to 7 p.m. – April 4 Peabody Marriott’s Centennial Ballroom 8
Centennial Drive Peabody, MA 01960
Many working fishermen will be attending this event and will be available
to speak with reporters and provide on camera interviews.
Background Senator Kennedy is the primary patron of the Fishing
Partnership Health Plan, and his leadership secured federal funding to launch
this unique health program. Before the plan was put into place, 40% of
fishermen did not have health coverage. Today almost 1800 fishing persons
enjoy the security of this path breaking health program.
In the 1970s the Senator led the way in protecting U.S. fisheries from
depletion by foreign factory ships. Ever since he has fought hard to protect
fishing grounds and fishing communities from numerous ecological threats
ranging from ocean dumping and mining to offshore oil drilling. He has made
training available to fishing families who chose to pursue new careers.
Senator Kennedy has secured Coast Guard search and rescue resources and has
played a very active role throughout the years to improve fisheries science
and ensure fishermen have a fair voice in the regulatory process.
About the Organization
The Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership (MFP) is an umbrella
organization of 17 commercial fishing associations representing all gear and
geographic sectors of the Massachusetts fishing industry. The organization
was created to promote the common interests and economic viability of
commercial fishermen and fishing families. The MFP is sponsor of the Fishing
Partnership Health Plan, which provides comprehensive healthcare coverage for
almost 1800 members in the fishing community.
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