Data Collection Buoy and Environmental Surveys

Please see below updates from Vineyard Wind of note for fishermen and mariners.


Data Collection Buoy Installed May 2018 - ~17 nautical miles due south of Wasque Point, Martha’s Vineyard
Vineyard Wind has deployed a met-ocean (aka FLIDAR) buoy to record meteorological, environmental and sea condition information within the project area. The buoy has a yellow hull and at night a flashing yellow light (1 second flash / 3 seconds off). The buoy is equipped with AIS, NMSI: 992571021. Fishermen and mariners are requested to note the buoy location and to maintain a safe distance during fishing and marine activities. The buoy is moored using open link chain, with a heavy chain anchor. Please see the full notice to fishermen and mariners here.
 
R/V Theory Begins Environmental Surveys on May 26 – Estimated Duration 30-45 Days.
The R/V Theory will be conducting survey operations in Nantucket Sound and south of Martha’s Vineyard, along proposed export cable corridors and in the Vineyard Wind Lease Area. The R/V Theory will be collecting video imagery while underway, as well as be at station to collect sediment samples.  This information will be used for permitting and design purposes. Please see the full notice to fishermen and mariners here.
 
Welcoming Crista Bank as Fishery Liaison
Please join us in welcoming Crista Bank as Vineyard Wind’s new Fishery Liaison.  She can be reached via email at cbank@vineyardwind.com or via cell phone at 508-525-0421.  Please do not hesitate to be in touch with Crista with any questions, concerns, or ideas.  Jim Kendall will be continuing as Fisheries’ Representative, and we hope to announce additional Fisheries’ Representatives soon.
 
Website Resources
Vineyard Wind is committed to working with the fishing industry so that both the wind and fishing industries can grow together offshore Massachusetts.  Our website provides the most current project information, and has a special page with information and links most useful to fishermen and other mariners.   The current fishery communications planproject documents, and the current status on permitting and opportunities for public comment on the project are all posted on the website as well. 
 

Rebecca Rutenberg