January 9, 2017

Partners & Resources

The Fishing Partnership –

Free services for fishing families.

Fishing Partnership has been supporting the health and well-being of commercial fishermen and their families since 1997.  Their services include:

Help with health insurance, Safety and survival training, Harborside health screenings and special events, Advice from legal and financial professionals, Professional counseling on family issues, depression, grief, substance abuse

The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association

The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) is a non-profit organization promoting the New England fishing industry, helping to preserve the Atlantic Ocean as a food supply for the world, and assisting active and retired fishermen and their families to live better lives.Since 1969, the GFWA has been a strong voice expressing the concerns of the fishing industry at local, state, federal, and international meetings and hearings. The goal of the organization is to help promote a healthy environment and a just economy that allows local and family-owned businesses to survive in a changing world. It defends the rights of fishing people and develops programs that are economic, educational, cultural, and social in scope.It is the first organization of its kind. The GFWA continually promotes Gloucester, the oldest fishing port in the nation, for its beauty and the culture of the people on its working waterfront.The GFWA will continue to be a strong advocate for regulations which ensure a healthy ocean and healthy fishing communities in Gloucester and around the world.

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to inspire a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood. 

We address the health risks associated with low seafood consumption through partners that provide health and nutrition guidance. Through our education efforts, we aim to:

Build awareness about the essential nutritional benefits from eating seafood at least twice a week.

Help Americans gain the skills to select, order, and prepare fish and shellfish.

Inspire a healthier America by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood.

Save the Harbor, Save the Bay

Save the Harbor / Save the Bay is a non-profit public interest harbor advocacy organization. We are made up of thousands of citizens, as well as scientists, and civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders whose mission is to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, and the marine environment and share them with the public for everyone to enjoy.

Ocean Trust

Ocean Trust has distinguished itself with award-winning projects to enhance fisheries, wildlife and the marine environment.  We are committed to partnership building with seafood producers and conservationists, and to positive, results-oriented projects that help sustain the oceans and coastal communities that are dependent on the sea.

Saving Seafood

Saving Seafood is a 501(c)(6) association organized as a non-profit corporation funded by the fishing industry. Saving Seafood conducts media and public outreach on behalf of the seafood industry, as well as communications to keep industry members aware of issues and events of concern. Saving Seafood works with owners, captains, fishermen, seafood processors and brokers across the United States who are committed to the preservation of the resource that has provided their livelihood, and that of their American forebears, for generations.

Saving Seafood is committed to:

Working closely with scholars to develop and disseminate quality scientific information

Communicating with media and the public on matters of interest to the industry

Fostering cooperation and communication among members of the fishing community

Cooperating with lawmakers to implement the stated intent of our fisheries management law that requires “taking into account the social and economic needs of the States.” [Magnuson-Stevens Act (2)(b)(5), Public Law 101-627]

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Their reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as they work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

National Marine Fisheries Services

The National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for the management, conservation, and protection of living marine resources within about 200 miles of the U.S. coast.


UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) is a nationally and internationally recognized research institution located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the nation’s top fishing port. SMAST’s cutting-edge research projects emphasize interdisciplinary basic-to-applied marine sciences and the development of innovative technologies.

Rigorous courses are taught by distinguished faculty who have expertise in a diverse range of issues centered on estuarine and ocean sciences and marine fisheries oceanography. SMAST offers world-class academic options, including master’s– and doctoral-level degree programs, as well as an Intercampus Marine Science program.

United States Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.

FDA is responsible for

  • protecting the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, quality, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, and medical devices. The FDA is also responsible for the safety and security of most of our nation’s food supply, all cosmetics, dietary supplements and products that give off radiation.
  • regulating tobacco products.

Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)

The Mission of the Division of Marine Fisheries is: To manage the Commonwealth’s living marine resources in balance with the environment resulting in sustainable fisheries and contributions to our economy, stable availability of diverse, healthy seafood and enriched opportunities that support our coastal culture.


Northwest Atlantic Marina Alliance

NAMA is a fishermen-led organization building a broad movement toward healthy fisheries and fishing communities.

We build deep and trusting relationships with community based fisherman, crew, fishworkers and allies to create effective policy and market strategies.