Vineyard Wind Endorses Fishing Transit Corridor Plan

NEW BEDFORD – Vineyard Wind officials have formally endorsed a transit corridor plan for fishing vessels in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The project would construct an 800-megawatt wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard.

The plan has been supported by fishermen from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Long Island, New York, along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The transit lanes are sited directly through the middle of the project’s lease area south of Martha’s Vineyard and would help fishermen who need to travel the length of the wind areas to reach fishing grounds south and east of Cape Cod.

“The fishing industry has placed a significant amount of time and energy into developing a transit corridor plan that works for them,” said Erich Stephens, the Chief Development Officer for Vineyard Wind.

“Our team appreciates the work that the fishermen have done to address this and other important concerns. Wind developers must recognize the importance of locating transit lanes through their lease areas when those plans will accommodate the fishermen who work out of ports like Point Judith in Rhode Island and Montauk on Long Island.”

The need for formal fishing transit lanes in the area is heightened by the pending auction of additional wind leases today for areas to the east of Vineyard Wind’s lease.

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