Monday, May 13, 2019

Sudden Closure of National Fish And Seafood Harms Cape Ann Families

150 families have been directly impacted by the surprising and unwelcome news of the immediate closure of National Fish & Seafood’s Gloucester facility. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken has reached out to Governor Charlie Baker and his administration, Representative Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and I to marshal resources to aid all of those who are being impacted.

The state’s Office of Business Development has activated its Rapid Response team to help navigate the process of filing unemployment insurance claims, connections with career resource centers, and more. First steps include:
* Informing them of their eligibility and benefits as laid off workers
* Answering their questions about job search and unemployment insurance
* Registering and refer them to One Stop Career Centers
* Conducting a survey of employee needs (such as retraining and skills upgrading)
* Orieningt them to the content and timetables of the various on-site services

In addition, the Mayor has points of contact Jim Destino, her Chief Administrative Officer at and Jill Cahill, Community Development Director at

The leaders of the Fishing Partnership Support Services have activated resources to help with insurance information. More information will be developing and I will update this page shortly.