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Managing Our Nation's Fisheries
Past, Present, and Future

Washington, D.C.
November 13-15, 2003

Since 1996, the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership (MFP) has been promoting and protecting community interests throughout the state and region. Representing 17 commercial fishing associations from all gear and geographic sectors of the Massachusetts fishing industry, the MFP was created to promote the common interests and economic viability of commercial fishermen and fishing families. To do so, the MFP offers access to sliding-scale health care for fishermen and their families, promotes collaborative research between fishermen and scientists to address some of the most pressing issues facing the fishing industry today, and maintains a vigorous presence in fishing policy advocacy.

MFPs programs include:

  • MFP is sponsor of the Fishing Partnership Health Plan, which provides comprehensive healthcare coverage for approximately 2,000 members of the fishing community.
  •  MFP, in conjunction with MIT Sea Grant, is undertaking an innovative socio-economic study to establish a community-based project for gathering and assessing data to enable communities to regularly comment on and describe potential real-time impacts of proposed regulations.
  • MFP is working with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS) staff to develop a strategic plan to determine collaborative research priorities in the SBNMS and to coordinate an interdisciplinary, ecosystem approach to fisheries research that will support future management initiatives.
  • MFP is also working with SBNMS to ensure that fishing interests are represented in the development of a five-year management plan for this prolific area.

 

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