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March, 2005

Fishermen’s Partnership to Honor State Senator Therese Murray

The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP) is very pleased to honor State Senator Therese Murray at its 2005 Annual Meeting. Fishermen from across the state will assist in the presentation of the recognition award during a brunch reception on Saturday, April 2, at the Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor at 180 Water Street in Plymouth, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Senator Murray will be presented with MFP’s highest honor, The Wheelhouse Award, for extraordinary achievements to safeguard fishing families. MFP executive director, David Bergeron, said, “Senator Murray is a leader in advancing fishing community interests at both the local and statewide levels. She listens, she takes action, and she succeeds. And all fishing families are more secure as a result.” Fishing Partnership Health Plan president, JJ Bartlett, said, “If it were not for Senator Murray and like-minded legislators, fishing families would not have access to the high quality affordable healthcare coverage they enjoy today.”

Senator Murray has worked to protect commercial fishermen across the state from the economic losses of regulations and unnecessary hazards that regulations sometimes impose. As chair of the powerful Senate Ways & Means Committee, Senator Murray led the fight in the Massachusetts Senate to restore full funding to the Fishing Partnership Health Plan. Senator Murray is also instrumental in enacting on-the-ground changes such as securing funding for floats for the new boat ramp in Plymouth. She also closely monitored right whale issues that had potentially significant impacts on the local fishing fleet.

The Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership (MFP) is an umbrella organization of 16 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 more than 2000 members in the fishing community.


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