Bassett Healthcare Network’s Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NEC) Takes a Leading Role in Global Conference on Fishing Health and Safety

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Fly Creek, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network’s Northeast Center for Occupational Health & Safety (NEC) recently helped orchestrate the sixth International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference (IFISH 6) in Rome, Italy, bringing together industry and government representatives, researchers, and advocates to discuss the sustainability and welfare of fishermen, seafood processors, and aquacultural workers across the globe. Among organizations in attendance were the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the U.S. Coast Guard.

IFISH is advised and organized by Bassett’s Northeast Center for Occupational Health & Safety (NEC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

NEC, which is a research center that is part of the Bassett Research Institute and the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), conducts research and provides solutions to farmers, foresters, and fishermen throughout the northeastern United States.

“The importance of the health and safety of fishermen, seafood processors, and aquacultural workers – and their role in feeding the world – cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Julie Sorensen, Director of the NEC and NYCAMH.

Julie Sorensen, PhD

In addition to being a key organizer of the conference, Dr. Sorensen presented a workshop entitled “IFISH Innovation Exchange”, to provide support for the continued exchange of ideas and solutions beyond the conference. 

“It was really wonderful to see the enthusiasm from conference attendees and we hope to keep up the momentum between IFISH meetings through the Innovation Exchange,” said Dr. Sorensen.

The conference was held at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome, with presenters and attendees from 31 countries represented, comprised of 166 individuals serving coastal communities from both developed and developing countries.

IFISH 6 Conference

IFISH is the only international conference dedicated to fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing health and safety. Since 2000, IFISH has offered researchers, safety and health professionals, instructors, workers and industry experts, ergonomists, governmental and regulatory representatives, and other professionals the opportunity to attend keynote lectures, workshops, and presentations that feature new occupational health and safety research findings and innovations. Sessions included keynotes from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), (NIOSH), and the U.S. Coast Guard.

More information about IFISH is available here.

Please direct interview requests with Dr. Sorensen to [email protected].

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in central New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, more than 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and LinkedIn. Bassett Healthcare Network is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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