A Guidebook for Fishing Communities


The manual titled ‘Responding to Emergencies at Sea and to Communities Under Extreme Stress’, or RESCUES for short, consolidates a wealth of information to help prepare individuals, groups and entire communities for crises affecting members of the commercial fishing industry. The manual addresses important considerations for preventing injury and serves as a guide for dealing with tragedies such as the sinking of a boat or the aftermath of losing a crewmember at sea. The book is the result of three years of community effort, numerous community interviews, and the painstaking work of organizing all the information into useful and concrete sections.

“Fishing communities who use the information that is in this manual will undoubtedly be safer and more prepared to deal with crises when they do occur. […]We are lucky to have organizations like Fishing Partnership Support Services, MIT Sea Grant, and Harvard School of Public Health here to help us”
– Coast Guard Captain Claudia C. Gelzer, commanding officer of Sector Boston and Captain of the Port of Boston

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