We want to hear from fishermen

Vineyard Wind is committed to working with the fishing industry so that both the wind and fishing industries can grow together offshore Massachusetts.  This commitment is long-standing, starting with Vineyard Wind engaging the offshore wind industry’s first fisheries representative in 2010, and will continue through the permitting, construction, operations, and decommissioning of the project. Please check this page often for the latest updates.

Our Fisheries Liaison is Crista Bank, who takes the lead in communicating with the fishing industry on behalf of the project.  She can be reached at cbank@vineyardwind.com or cell 508-525-0421


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NEWS

  • Hiring Now: Responsible Offshore Science Alliance Seeks an Executive Director (10/4/2019) The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) seeks to hire its first Executive Director. Learn more about the position online here.

  • Survey for South of the Vineyard Recreational Fishermen (10/1/2019) The New England Aquarium Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life is partnering with Vineyard Wind document the presence of highly migratory species (HMS) and HMS recreational fisheries in the southern New England wind energy lease areas. Recreational Fishermen, learn more about the survey and how to respond online here.

  • Radar Questionnaire (9/16/2019) - Vineyard Wind is gathering information to be used in a radar analysis looking at the potential effects of offshore wind turbines on radar systems used by fishing vessels. When the radar analysis is complete results will be shared with BOEM, USCG and the report will be available on our website. To obtain an accurate representation of radar units typically used in different fishing fleets, we are asking fishermen to provide information about the units they have on board. Please fill out the brief questionnaire here.

  • SMAST Releases Fisheries Studies & Monitoring Recommendations (4/5/2019) - SMAST recently provided Vineyard Wind with recommendations for fisheries studies and monitoring for impacts before, during, and after construction.  As suggested by NMFS these studies are designed to be “nested and modular”, with the intent for them to also support longer-term, regional studies.  SMAST conducted four workshops with fishermen, with over 75 active fishermen participating, in developing its studies recommendations.  In addition, Vineyard Wind engaged SMAST to conduct a trial “video trawl” survey in the Fall of 2018.  Read SMAST’s full report and recommendations here.  Vineyard Wind plans to initiate surveys based on SMAST’s recommendations in the Spring of 2019.

  • Compensatory Mitigation (2019) - Vineyard Wind engaged a fisheries economists to compile existing fisheries economics information from RI DEM, NMFS, and other sources to estimate total economic exposure, or landings value, from the project area by Rhode Island and Massachusetts fishermen.  These reports inform compensatory mitigation planning for fishermen.

  • Presentation to Massachusetts Fisheries Working Group (3/29/2019) - A project update was provided at the March 29, 2019 Massachusetts Fisheries Working Group meeting.  Vineyard Wind’s presentation materials and documents referenced are provided here.

  • Fisheries Communications Plan (1/23/2019) - Our current Fisheries Communications Plan is available here.  We welcome comments and suggested changes, as the communications plan is updated regularly; please contact Crista Bank, Fisheries Liaison.

  • Public Comments - Visit our permitting page for information on opportunities for public comment, and current status of the permitting process.

DOWNLOADS

FISHERIES COMMUNICATIONS PLAN REV. 7

FISHERIES FAQs

RECREATIONAL FISHING FAQs

CABLE CORRIDOR FAQs

 

 

Fisheries Representatives & Partners

The Fisheries Representatives represents the interests of fishermen to the project, and help make sure the project is getting the information it should have about the fishing industry.  Fisheries Reps represent the interests of fishermen, not the project.  Fisheries Reps also help get out the word about project activities offshore, and help to make sure the project is aware of any immediate problems or concerns from fishermen. Some Fisheries Reps are compensated for their time by the project.

We are currently seeking additional fisheries representatives.  If you are interested, please contact Crista Bank, Fisheries Liaison.

Jim Kendall, New Bedford
nbsc@comcast.net
(508) 997-0013 office / (508) 287-2010 cell

 

New Bedford Port Authority
www.portofnewbedford.org
(508) 961-3000

 

Mass. Lobstermen’s Association, Inc.
www.lobstermen.com / Attn: Beth Casoni
(781) 545-6984 office
(508) 738-1245 cell

 

Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust
mvfishermen@gmail.com
(508) 687-0344

 

Partners

Responsible Offshore Development Alliance
Annie Hawkins, Executive Director
annie@rodafisheries.org

 

Hiring Now: Responsible Offshore Science Alliance Seeks an Executive Director (10/4/2019) The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) seeks to hire its first Executive Director. Learn more about the position online here.

 

FISHERIES STUDIES AND SCIENCE

Vineyard Wind firmly believes that offshore wind developers must support good fisheries studies and science as the offshore wind industry grows up alongside the region’s oldest offshore industry- fishing. Fisheries related surveys, studies, and key research milestones are provided below. These studies should be in addition to past and on-going basic research such as conducted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

All fisheries survey and science reports to Vineyard Wind will be provided here, and updates of key milestones provided below.

Ongoing Surveys

Lobster Ventless Trap, Black Sea Bas, Plankton Survey

NEAMAP Trawl Survey

Drop Camera Survey

Completed Surveys

Video Trawl Survey

Studies

Literature Review of Habitat, Invertebrates, Fish, Sound, EMF, Etc.

SMAST Fishermen Workshops Report & Studies Recommendations 26 Mar 2019

UPDATES

  • Survey for South of the Vineyard Recreational Fishermen (10/1/2019) The New England Aquarium Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life is partnering with Vineyard Wind document the presence of highly migratory species (HMS) and HMS recreational fisheries in the southern New England wind energy lease areas. Recreational Fishermen, learn more about the survey and how to respond online here.

  • Radar Questionnaire (9/16/2019) - Vineyard Wind is gathering information to be used in a radar analysis looking at the potential effects of offshore wind turbines on radar systems used by fishing vessels. When the radar analysis is complete results will be shared with BOEM, USCG and the report will be available on our website. To obtain an accurate representation of radar units typically used in different fishing fleets, we are asking fishermen to provide information about the units they have on board. Please fill out the brief questionnaire here.

  • March 2019: SMAST provides report of fishermen workshops and recommendations for fisheries surveys and monitoring.  The report’s recommendations are based on input from commercial fishermen, regulators, and academics.  Key recommendations are for a committee of fishermen to provide on-going input into the fisheries survey process, and for a “modular and nested” design to integrate studies across projects, phases of projects, and with existing regional studies programs such as NEAMAP.

  • Fall 2018: Innovative video trawl survey method trialed by SMAST with funding from Vineyard Wind.  Trial concludes that further development of the method is needed before it can be utilized in the area south of Martha’s Vineyard, due to bottom conditions

  • Fall 2018: SMAST conducts four workshops in Rhode Island and New Bedford and on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod to solicit input in the study design from fishermen.  Over 100 participants provide input, 75 of them active fishermen

  • Fall 2017: Vineyard Wind engages SMAST to design and undertake fisheries studies pertaining to the project, asking that SMAST identify issues and research questions most important to the commercial fishermen in the region, and provide recommendations for how studies related to project construction can also support long-term, regional studies efforts.

Responsible Offshore Science Alliance

Vineyard Wind is supportive of the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA), founded in March 2019 by the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance. ROSA advances regional fisheries research and monitoring related to offshore wind development in federal waters. ROSA's organizing framework was developed in partnership with state and federal regulators and support from Vineyard Wind and other offshore wind developers. Learn more about ROSA and it's framework.

Fisheries Liaison Crista Bank takes the lead in communicating with the fishing industry on behalf of the project.   Contact:   Crista Bank, Fisheries Liaison  cbank@vineyardwind.com    508-525-0421

Fisheries Liaison Crista Bank takes the lead in communicating with the fishing industry on behalf of the project.

Contact:

Crista Bank, Fisheries Liaison
cbank@vineyardwind.com
508-525-0421

Marine Liaison Jeannot Smith is lead liaison for all other mariners.   Contact:   Jeannot Smith, Marine Liaison  jsmith@vineyardwind.com    904-613-0134

Marine Liaison Jeannot Smith is lead liaison for all other mariners.

Contact:

Jeannot Smith, Marine Liaison jsmith@vineyardwind.com
904-613-0134