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June 22, 2007

Fishermen’s Partnership to Honor One of Its Founders with Wheelhouse Award

GLOUCESTER – The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership (MFP) will present its highest honor, the 2007 Wheelhouse Award, to a friend and champion, Mr. John Moynihan. The presentation will take place during its Annual Meeting and Brunch at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 10 Plaza Way in Plymouth, on Saturday, June 23, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Director of Development for many years at the Archdiocese of Boston Planning Office for Urban Affairs, John Moynihan was one of the Partnership’s most committed founders, providing an effective link to the Archdiocese and others in the early years. As a member of the Partnership Executive Committee since the very beginning, John’s unassuming counsel and persuasive skill was instrumental in bringing the organization together into a cohesive and effective association. He helped facilitate a partnership with Caritas Christi in the mid-1990s that resulted in the establishment of the Fishing Partnership Heath Plan (FPHP) in 1997. The FPHP, sponsored by the MFP, now provides high quality affordable healthcare coverage to more than 2000 members in the MA fishing community. John Moynihan played a key role in securing a $3.4 million state appropriation for the construction of the Cardinal Medeiros Dock in South Boston. This facility provides a permanent home for 30 boats of the Boston Harbor Lobstermen’s Cooperative. He worked with the MFP to intervene with MassPort on behalf of the Boston Fish Pier, assembled financing and led the construction of a state-of-the art fish processing and handling facility on the State Fish Pier in Gloucester. Moynihan has made numerous and decisive contributions to help the fishing industry maintain its historic presence on the Boston and Gloucester waterfronts by securing key real estate and physical infrastructure for the fleet in a fiercely competitive environment dominated in some cases by very powerful forces with little interest in our fishing heritage.

MFP executive director, David Bergeron said, “John Moynihan’s tireless commitment to fishing families is always free of any political ambition and sets the gold standard for the Wheelhouse Award. This award recognizes his achievements done because they simply were the right thing to do, and they made a difference.”

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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