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BOEM readies to auction wind leases in huge WEA off Martha’s Vineyard
NEW BEDFORD, MA – About 30 people attended a June 24 public meeting convened by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to get an update on leasing plans and environmental reports for what is now the largest offshore wind energy area (WEA) in ...

EDITORIAL – Wind farms coming: It’s time to tune in
With the crises enveloping the groundfish, scallop, lobster, and northern shrimp fisheries, everyone in the Northeast commercial fishing industry is exhausted.  It’s understandably difficult for people to even think about redirecting time and ener...

Wind Energy Area socioeconomic study on fisheries ‘exposure’ nears completion
MONTAUK, NY – At the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s April 8-10 meeting here, A. Justin Kirkpatrick and Sharon Benjamin from the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center presented spatial and revenue anal...

Fishermen’s Energy: In it for the long haul
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – When Fishermen’s Energy goes before the US Department of Energy (DOE) in April to present its proposal for a $46.7 million grant, it will be “shovel ready,” as the saying goes.  Unlike other demonstration-scale wind far...

GUEST COLUMN - Brits visit New England ports, urge US fishermen to prepare for wind farm development
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council convened an Offshore Wind Best Management Practices Workshop Feb. 5-6 in Baltimore, MD with the goal of identifying standards for wind energy developers to follow in avoiding conflicts with commercial and r...

UMaine seeks second DOE grant to build pilot wind farm off Monhegan
ORONO, ME – In February, the Maine Aqua Ventus I (MAV-I) team submitted its proposal for a demonstration-scale offshore wind farm to the US Department of Energy (DOE) in the second qualifying round for $46.5 million in funding. If successful,...

Block Island Wind Farm sets precedent for bringing fishermen to the table
POINT JUDITH, RI – Offshore wind farm proposals are advancing in Maine, New Jersey, Virginia, and elsewhere, but the 30-megawatt, five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm, which is being developed by Deepwater Wind Holdings LLC for construction entirely...

England’s wind farm experience offers critical lessons for US fishing industry
BROADSTAIRS, KENT – Looking out over the English Channel on a quiet night in March, the horizon is surprisingly ablaze with lights.  A local fisherman quips, “People ask us if that’s France.”   It’s not.  This illusion of a “city”...

Wind farm advice: Accept, engage, negotiate
LONDON, ENGLAND – Over the last few years, European fishermen have been forced to grapple with the sudden reality of wind farm construction on their fishing grounds.  Their experiences offer important lessons for fishermen here in the Northeast. ...

First-ever offshore wind energy lease sale scheduled for July 31
WASHINGTON, DC – The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will conduct the first-ever Outer Continental Shelf competitive lease sale for renewable energy developers on July 31. The agency will offer to the highest bidders a total of ...

Guest Column – Coping with wind farms through ‘best practices,’ mitigation, planning - John Williamson
In the global picture, offshore wind power is an increasing part of the energy mix in Europe, China, and Japan.  The world leader in offshore wind production, the United Kingdom (UK), which includes England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, ha...

Guest Column – Wind farms: Ecosystem effects differ depending on species, seafloor features
As the siting of ocean wind energy projects continues along the East Coast, many fishermen are left wondering how wind energy development will affect fishing resources. What is involved in testing an area for a wind farm and installing the turbine...

Guest Column - Wind farm planning: How to be heard
Many fishermen are asking what they can do to preserve fishing opportunities in the wake of ocean wind energy development.  The answer is threefold:  be aware of what is being proposed in your area; know what governmental body is in charge; and eng...

Guest Column – Cable projects: Bringing wind energy to shore
One often-overlooked aspect of offshore wind energy development is how the energy will be brought onshore.  Transmission cables carrying the energy created by offshore wind turbines must cross the ocean, make landfall – often in working waterfront...

New Bedford breaks ground for terminal to support offshore wind construction
NEW BEDFORD, MA – State and congressional dignitaries, led by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 6 for the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, the first facility in the nation designed to support ...

Guest Column – Offshore wind: A perspective from BOEM
As recently reported by Commercial Fisheries News, several fisheries representatives were invited to visit the Thanet offshore wind facility in England to speak with regulators and fishermen about issues regarding offshore wind development (see CFN M...

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