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MFP policy efforts at the state level have focused primarily on ensuring state financial support for our signature healthcare program, the Fishing Partnership Health Plan. However, the MFP has developed commercial fishing consensus regarding development of ocean management legislation. The purpose of this legislative effort has been to establish a regulatory framework for the protection of fisheries and fishing activities from non-fishing development projects, especially the increasing number of renewable energy projects proposed in ocean waters. The version passed in 2007 by the Massachusetts Senate (SENATE, NO. 2346 AN ACT RELATIVE TO OCEANS) provides a real voice for commercial fishermen in the decision-making process regarding ocean development projects as well as secures commercial fishermen with an institutional role in establishing ocean research priorities for the Commonwealth.