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NEC lifejacket update: last call for 50% discount

The Northeast Center (NEC) Lifejackets for Lobstermen program for 2019 is entering the home stretch. By the time the program ends in late October, the two NEC vans will have visited over 40 ports in Maine and Massachusetts during their 8-month run.

Stocked with 11 models of lifejackets and buoyancy aids, the NEC vans offer commercial lobstermen....


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Lifejackets for Lobstermen in Hingham, Mass.

"Safety is paramount," says Massachusetts lobsterman Joshua Fredrickson. "I wanted to find something I could wear that really maximizes the chances, if I go overboard, to get me up as fast as possible."

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Tide turning on wearing safety gear: Campaign says lobstermen listening

Gloucester Daily Times staff photo by TIM JEANS

Joshua Carpenter is 16 and is working this summer as the stern man on Junior McKay's lobster boat Running Blind. He is justifiably concerned about his onboard safety, not to mention something of a frugal shopper....

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Researchers Launch New Van to Make Lifejacket Use Easy and Affordable for Lobstermen

The "Lifejackets for Lobstermen" campaign hits the road. Packed with an array of commercial lifejackets tested and selected by lobstermen, the projects' two new vans set off on a maiden voyage along the Maine and Massachusetts' coast in hopes of making lifejacket use the norm in the lobster fishing community.  See Press Release.


Lobstermen Lifejacket/PFD Study

A Fitting Strategy To Save Lobstermen's Lives

It's no secret that commercial fishing can be an extremely dangerous occupation...

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Researchers Try To Build A Better Life Jacket To Keep Lobstermen Alive

Early on a July morning, Massachusetts lobsterman Steve Holler and his sternman Frank Lenardis haul lobster traps out of Boston Harbor over the edge of Holler's boat, the November Gale, and dump the catch into a holding tray…

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Rare Opportunity - Memorial hosts world's largets conference on fishing industry safety and health

The fifth International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference (IFISH 5) takes place June 10-13 on the St. John's campus with experts from all over the world, including Norway, New Zealand and the United States scheduled to attend....

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Fishermen's PFD Choices Shown

Two items at the three-day Fishermen's Forum in Rockport were Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) and the Maine Lobstermen's Association's new black T-shirt with "Fish Smarter, Not Harder" in white on the back....

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Lobstermen part of project to test different life jackets and to promote wearing them

Port Clyde lobsterman Gerry Cushman fell overboard while putting his boat on the mooring after a day of fishing....

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Fishing is a deadly business, but many fishermen won't wear life preservers

One rogue wave or false step, an ankle caught in a line, is all it takes to cast a fisherman overboard. But those risks have never been enough to convince Rick Beal that it's worth wearing a life preserver.

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Will lobstermen wear PFDs?

Think of the Maine lobsterman and a few iconic images come to mind: a rugged boat with a wire trap on the rail; gloved hands holding a thrashing lobster and a gauge to measure whether it's of legal size; a salty-looking fisherman wearing a T-shirt, oil pants and rubber boots, but no PFD (personal floatation device, or life jacket.)

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Wanted: Lobstermen willing to try out life vests

A regional safety organization is looking for recruits to test customized personal flotation devices to prevent drownings.

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Maine Lobstermen to Help Design Flotation Devices Aimed at Preventing Drownings

A regional safety organization plans to recruit lobstermen in Maine to help design a personal flotation device, or PFD.  The aim is to prevent drownings.

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December 2016 WANTED: Lobstermen willing to try out life vests- The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

The Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety is asking New England lobstermen to help design a life jacket they would actually wear every day.

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