‘Just one more nail in the coffin,’ Fishermen react to Vineyard Wind announcement

Ed Anthen-Washburn, the Director of The New Bedford Port Authority, received a constant stream of calls Wednesday afternoon after the announcements of offshore winf contracts.,,,”I think its fair to say to say the general reaction in the fishing industry is shock,” Anthes-Washburn said.,, The Vineyard Wind award for the power purchase agreement with Massachusetts was the worst-case scenario for Rhode Island commercial fishing vessels, for all squid vessels and really for the worlds calamari supply,” said Meghan Lapp, a fisheries liason for Seafreeze Ltd, which owns vessels that harvest squid, mackerel, butterfish, and herring. Lapp said Rhode Island lands more squid than the rest of the East Coast combined. >click to read< 00:08

4 Responses to ‘Just one more nail in the coffin,’ Fishermen react to Vineyard Wind announcement

  1. Dick Grachek says:

    Squid, Squid, Squid! This is not only about Scallopers’ difficulties transiting the area to get to their grounds! These proposed wind farm areas ARE the grounds for the Spring Squid run; and vital to the NY, CT, RI and MA fishermen. For many this fishing on these grounds happens to be a large portion of their revenue for the year—and absolutely necessary for the survival of these already marginal businesses, choking from over-regulation and Catch Shares Privatization!

  2. Dick grachek says:

    See Lapp interview in the article :

    “The Vineyard Wind award for the power purchase agreement with Massachusetts was the worst-case scenario for Rhode Island commercial fishing vessels, for all squid vessels and really for the worlds calamari supply,” said Meghan Lapp, a fisheries liaison for Seafreeze Ltd, which owns vessels that harvest squid, mackerel, butterfish, and herring.

    “Lapp said Rhode Island lands more squid than the rest of the East Coast combined”

    • Dick Grachek says:

      Please see this 2017 comprehensive report from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Marine Fisheries for a statistical analysis of the impact (in the multi-$millions) of these wind farms on the local fishing grounds:
      http://www.dem.ri.gov/…/pdf/RIDEM_VMS_Report_2017.pdf

  3. Dick Grachek says:

    For more information regarding values of fish in the local wind areas please see: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/fishwild/pdf/RIDEM_VMS_Report_2017.pdf

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