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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Latest updates

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

DOWNLOADS

FISHERIES COMMUNICATIONS PLAN REV. 7

FISHERIES FAQs

RECREATIONAL FISHING FAQs

CABLE CORRIDOR FAQs

+ FISHERIES STUDIES

          SMAST FISHERMEN WORKSHOPS REPORT AND STUDIES RECOMMENDATIONS 26 MAR 2019

              APPENDIX B – SMAST PILOT VIDEO TRAWL SURVEY

              APPENDIX C – LITERATURE REVIEW OF HABITAT, INVERTEBRATES, FISH, SOUND, EMF, ETC.

              APPENDIX E – DROP CAMERA SURVEY

              APPENDIX F – LOBSTER VENTLESS TRAP, BLACK SEA BASS, PLANKTON SURVEY PROPOSAL

              APPENDIX G – NEAMAP TRAWL SURVEY PROPOSAL

          MA FISHERIES WORKING GROUP PRESENTATION 29 Mar 19

+ MA FISHERIES WORKING GROUP

          PRESENTATION TO MA FISHERIES WORKING GROUP 16 May 19

          SMAST FISHERMEN WORKSHOPS REPORT AND STUDIES RECOMMENDATIONS 26 MAR 2019

          MA FISHERIES WORKING GROUP PRESENTATION 29 Mar 19

          MA ECONOMIC EXPOSURE DRAFT REPORT - VINEYARD WIND

          VINEYARD WIND RE ECONOMIC EXPOSURE FWG 29 MAR 19

          MA FISHERIES WORKING GROUP 7 MAY 18

+ RHODE ISLAND FISHERIES ADVISORY BOARD (CRMC)

          RI FISHERIES COUNCIL MEETING 30 AUGUST 18

          RI FISHERIES ADVISORY BOARD 26 JULY 18

          RI FISHERIES ADVISORY BOARD 11 APR 18

+ COMPENSATORY MITIGATION

          RI FISHERIES ECONOMIC EXPOSURE REPORT - FINAL JAN 2019

          MA FISHERIES ECONOMIC EXPOSURE FINAL - APRIL 2019

LETTER REGARDING TRANSIT LANES 6 DEC 18

 

 

FISHERIES REPS

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

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

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

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.co m / ( 508) 687-0344

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

 
 

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.  This includes both studies around construction of a particular project, as well as long-term, regional studies to provide good baseline information.  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.

  • 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.

NOTICE TO MARINERS

ACTIVE NOTICES

8/22/19 NO. 16

5/5/19 NO. 12

Our Fisheries Liaison is Crista Bank, who 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

Our Fisheries Liaison is Crista Bank, who 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