Fishermen fear losing prime grounds to turbines
The sheer scale of the 3,000-square-mile area of federal waters south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket recently opened for wind-turbine leases has many in the fishing industry worried.
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#1 Jan 31, 2011
The Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan does not directly say what the setbacks are for fishing vessels. The commercial wind turbine farms and commercial fishing appear to be "incompatible."
Fixed and definitely mobile gear use will most likely not be allowed anywhere near cables bringing electricity between or onshore from the ocean turbines. The leased locations probably will have at least one-quarter mile exclusion zones. There is only a promise that there will be no restrictions on fishing and that promise is a very casual promise. The Coast Guard, the enforcement agency if asked today will tell you it is to early to say how restrictions will affect fishing grounds.
Politically we've seem the commitment to the building of a multimillion dollar ocean wind turbine port near Blackmer Street to serve all of New England. We've read statements like "transforming " New Bedford from the Whaling City to the Wind Turbine City or the City of New Bedford is going to be known again as the city that lights the world.
They wrote a letter in support of the fishermen?
#2 Feb 5, 2011
New Bedford Massachusetts is known for its Fishing Fleet, one of the nation's largest fleets, and the future largest ocean wind turbine port in New England all within in the 4th Congressional District. The New Bedford fishermen are watching the Catch-Share system
decimate the fishing fleet while hearings and announcements about the 26 to 50 million dollar ocean wind turbine port is going forward in their own back yard on Blackmer Street on the harbor.
The Catch-Share system was based on science that is not specifically sound. The initial legislation was pushed by environmentalist concerned about the population of the oceans fish but these same environmental groups back large ocean wind turbines on the ocean floor with six foot trenches dug into the ocean floor super heating the ocean floor from the power generated from the turbines.
This leaves the government and one environmental group regulating the fishing industry both of whom back the ocean wind turbines one hundred percent .
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