National Fisherman

The trials and tribulations of the federal Affordable Care Act have left potential health insurance consumers swimming in conflicting information, and the Gloucester-based Fishing Partnership is trying to help folks cut through the confusion.
The fishing industry advocacy group, in partnership with the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership, is organizing a health-care forum next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library that could help fishing families and other residents navigate their way through the healthcare maze.
“We want people to understand they should forget about the mess (in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act),” said Angela Sanfilippo, executive director of the Massachusetts Fishing Partnership. “The law is here to stay, and they need to reapply for whatever insurance they have.”
Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

Inside the Industry

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Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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