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June 22, 2006

Fishermen’s Partnership to Honor State Senator Bruce Tarr

The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP) will honor State Senator Bruce Tarr during the organizations 2006 Annual Meeting on June 24 at the Manor Inn in Gloucester. Massachusetts Senator Bruce Tarr will be presented with the MFP’s highest honor, the Wheelhouse Award for his stalwart support of the Massachusetts commercial fishing industry.

Senator Tarr played a leading role in helping the Rockport commercial fishing fleet to organize the Pigeon Cove Fishermen’s Co-Op. He also assisted the Co-Op secure financing for the purchase of their wharf, which has been sold to Rockport with a covenant in the deed providing that commercial fishermen will forever have use of the property. There would be no commercial fishermen left in Pigeon Cove if the Co-Op had not succeeded and Bruce Tarr was there to help make sure it happened.

Increasing competition for waterfront properties for non-marine industry related use is a growing problem throughout Massachusetts. Fishermen everywhere face proposals for residential and other non-marine related uses of waterfront properties once reserved for use by commercial fishermen. Senator Tarr’s leadership in Rockport and the formation of the Pigeon Cove Fishermen’s Cooperative is an important example of how commercial fishing can continue operating in Massachusetts’ ports to provide good jobs and high quality seafood for all citizens.

The Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership (MFP) is an umbrella organization of 18 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 2000 members in the fishing community.

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