Vineyard Wind is committed to ensuring the protection of marine habitats and minimizing any impacts to the fishing industry. Federal and state agencies have extensively studied the Vineyard Wind area examining the presence of endangered whale, turtle and bird species, as well as fisheries and important seafloor habitats, since 2011. These studies helped guide the appropriate design of the Vineyard Wind project.
Vineyard Wind is committed to having an ongoing positive relationship with Massachusetts’s largest offshore industry: fishing. They have a strong voice in this project and we listen. At the start of the development process in 2010, we reached out to fishermen to ensure that fishing concerns could be incorporated early into the project plans.
Vineyard Wind engaged the first offshore wind fisheries representative in the United States. The fisheries representative’s role is to meet with fishermen where they work and live, and report back to the project their concerns and ideas. This way, fishermen can participate in this process, even while working long hours offshore.