Tag Archives: Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership

Here comes that “tracking your activity science”! URI researcher to map commercial fishing activity to help reduce conflict between fishing, wind industries

“I’m exploring a new way of improving spatial planning for offshore wind,” said URI Associate Professor Thomas Sproul. “One of the biggest sources of delay in the regulatory process for offshore wind has been because of the conflicts with commercial fishing.” Sproul said. Partners include the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, and the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island. Julia Livermore, a supervising marine biologist for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, is also collaborating on the project. >click to read< 09:30

Mass. commercial fishermen decry offshore wind projects’ pace

If fully built out, the offshore wind farms would cover a 1,400-square-mile area larger than the Ocean State and would negatively impact marine life and fishing grounds, the group said. “Commercial fishing families, as stewards of the ocean, are concerned that a new industry is developing at a rapid pace without adequate science and risk management,” the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership stated in a release Wednesday. The fishermen’s group said Vineyard Wind is rushing the project to ensure it receives federal tax credits before they expire.,,, Wednesday’s statement from Massachusetts fishermen came as they try to reach an agreement with Vineyard Wind on a compensation package,>click to read<15:37

Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership says wind farm lacks scientific support

The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership claims that the 84-turbine offshore wind project soon to be developed by Vineyard Wind lacks scientific backing and will inevitably harm the local ecology and way of life for fishermen and boaters. The release states that the growing wind energy industry is developing at a “rapid pace without adequate science and risk management.”Executive director of the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership Angela Sanfilippo told The Times the partnership’s comments are based in part on the response of NOAA to the draft environmental impact statement released by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).>click to read<20:38

Letters signal preventative strike against NOAA fishing measures

gdt iconNOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard has conceded the emergency measures, which will be announced around the middle of this month, likely will include quota cuts and area closures and will have a “disproportionate” negative impact on small-boat groundfish ports such as Gloucester and Portsmouth, N.H. Read the rest here 08:01

Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership is organizing a health-care forum next Thursday at 6 p.m. in Gloucester

gdt iconAngela Sanfillipo – “Because we’re in the fishing community, and fishing affects everyone else in the community, the meeting is a public meeting for anyone who wants to come,”  “Even if people are not in the industry and they need assistance, we’ll be happy to give it to them.” Health-care forum next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library [email protected] 08:30

Free Safety and Survival Training for Fishermen – April 26, from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the University of Massachusetts SMAST building , 706 Rodney French Blvd. in New Bedford

Free Safety and Survival Training for Fishermen

New Bedford – April 26, 2013

Burlington, MA – (For Immediate Release) —  On Friday, April 26, Fishing Partnership Support Services (FPSS) will provide free safety and survival training for commercial fishermen at the University of Massachusetts SMAST building , 706 Rodney French Blvd. in New Bedford from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  The daylong training is conducted by US Coast Guard certified fishing vessel safety instructors. continued