April 29, 2004
Fishermen’s Partnership to Honor
The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP) is very pleased to
honor U.S. Representative Barney Frank at its 2004 Annual Meeting. The
celebration will take place during a brunch reception from 11:00 a.m. until
1:00 p.m on Saturday, May 8th, at the Wamsutta Club located at 427 County
Street in New Bedford.
Representative Frank will be presented with MFP’s highest honor, The
Wheelhouse Award, for extraordinary achievements to safeguard fishing
families. MFP executive director, David Bergeron, said, “Representative Frank
has worked steadily and effectively to advocate for fairness in fisheries
regulations, transparency in fisheries science, and support of fishing
In 2001 Rep. Frank won federal funding for the Fishing Partnership Health
Plan through the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. His successful
involvement in the promotion of collaborative research in a broad range of
fisheries has literally resulted in outcomes fishermen can take to the bank.
Just this year he and the Massachusetts senators were able to secure $5
million for research of the groundfish and scallop fisheries through SMAST.
He advocates tirelessly for reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act so
the law more effectively balances rebuilding fish stocks with sustaining
fishing communities through reasonable flexibility in the 10-year rebuilding
standard. Rep. Frank’s myriad actions on important and time sensitive issues
produce positive benefits for our fisheries and fishing communities.
Members of the commercial fishing industry are invited to meet and thank
Representative Frank for his years of dedicated and effective leadership. For
more information and to reserve your place, please call (888) 282-8816.