June 22, 2007
Fishermen’s Partnership to Honor One of Its Founders with
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.