On February 15 at 6pm, the Cape Cod Fisherman's Alliance will be hosting a community meeting with representatives of Vineyard Wind, a major offshore wind developer, and Vineyard Power, an electricity cooperative on Martha's Vineyard partnering with the developer, to detail their plans for a major wind farm off the Vineyard coast, and hear concerns from fishermen about its potential impact.
Vineyard Wind has won a federal bidding process to develop offshore wind on sites selected after a lengthy process. They are required to solicit input from fishermen before moving forward, and have met with more than 20 fishery groups since March, 2016. Currently they are in the third phase of their project: Site Assessment & Characterization (including state and federal permitting).
They stress that they will NOT be asking for fishing restrictions around turbines, but there are multiple issues related to how fields of large poles with transmission lines planted in the ocean bottom might affect both access and habitat.
Spokespeople from Vineyard Wind and the Vineyard Cooperative will be on hand to share detailed site information and get input from Cape Cod fishermen and other interested parties.
The meeting will focus on fishing issues, and we encourage all fishermen to attend.
If you are interested in coming, or have any questions, please contact Seth Rolbein at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 508-945-2432, ext 104.