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.
• Current Notices to Mariners are:
All current and past Notices to Mariners can be found in the document room.
• Our current Fisheries Communications Plan is available here. We welcome comments and suggested changes, as the communications plan is updated regularly; please contact the Fisheries Liaison (see below).
• Visit our permitting page for information on opportunity for public comment, and current status of the permitting process.
We want to hear from fishermen
Please complete the form below to receive updates, mariner notifications, and requests for information and input.
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 email@example.com or cell 508-525-0421
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.
Current Fisheries Representatives are indicated below; more will be added in the near future.
New Bedford Port Authority / www.portofnewbedford.org / (508) 961-3000
The NBPA is the governing body for New Bedford’s harbor and city-owned waterfront properties. It is chaired by the Mayor of New Bedford with six other members. The role of the NBPA is to support the Port of New Bedford by continually upgrading port resources; preserving its spot as the #1 U.S. fishing port; and expanding the New Bedford economy.
The NBPA oversees all the commercial and recreational vessel activity within New Bedford city limits, incorporating the city’s entire coastline and harbor.
Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust / firstname.lastname@example.org / (508) 687-0344
Mission Statement: The Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust is a Massachusetts 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 2011 to: (i) Preserve the historic fishing fleets, communities, and economies of Martha’s Vineyard; (ii) Protect the marine populations and fishing grounds off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and New England; (iii) Educate the community about its local fisheries.
Mass. Lobstermen’s Association, Inc. / www.lobstermen.com / Attn: Beth Casoni / (781) 545-6984 office / (508) 738-1245 cell
Mission Statement: The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association is a member-driven organization that accepts and supports the interdependence of species conservation and the members’ collective economic interests.
The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association was established in 1963 by the fishermen, for the fishermen, and is presently one of the leading commercial fishing industry associations in New England. On behalf of the 1,800 members, the MLA works to maintain both the industry and the resource. The MLA strives to be proactive on issues affecting the lobster industry and is active in the management process at both the state and federal levels. The MLA communicates with its members through a monthly newspaper, weekly email, Facebook, Twitter and attendance at meetings. For the past 54 years, the MLA has become a trustworthy voice for the industry on important issues, and is looked to by both the fishing industry and the management community
We are currently seeking additional fisheries representatives. If you are interested, please contact Crista Bank, Fisheries Liaison (see above).