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Staying Alive: Promoting a Culture of Safety at Sea in New Englandís Fishing Industry

Project summary: Funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service, this project provided for the coordination of a series of free, hands-on safety trainings in several ports throughout Massachusetts. MIT researchers and the MFP developed a long-term program that will provide on-going opportunities for participation in safety training for fishermen. Training workshops include safety, raft deployment, flare and EPIRB use, survival suit donning and movement in water, fire and damage control, rescue procedures, and first aid. Potentials for lowering the costs of safety equipment and/or insurance in part through active participation in safety training are being explored.

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Project partners:
Dr. Madeleine Hall-Arber, MIT Sea Grant College Program
David Bergeron, Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership

 

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