Vineyard Wind Project Timeline Uncertain, Fishers Pushing For More Study

Vineyard Wind Project Timeline Uncertain, Fishers Pushing For More Study

Greentech Media reported late last week that the approval timeline is unclear for Vineyard Wind, an 800-megawatt wind project off the coast of Massachusetts valued at $2.8 billion that would be the largest thus far in the U.S. — the government is reconsidering its “cumulative impact analysis” on the environment and the delays are causing ripple effects in the broader U.S. offshore wind market.  Emails between the National Marine Fisheries Service of NOAA and fishermen who argue they will be adversely impacted by Vineyard Wind are now public, reveal close ties and some coordination between the Agency and the fishing industry to throw cold water on the wind development, according to E&E News.

Why This Matters:  The industry will need certainty on the approval timeline to be able to fulfill its economic potential. The needs and sacrifices of fishers must be balanced against the greater good of decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels.

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New US-Canada Study Shows Right Whale Deaths Overwhelmingly Caused by Humans

New US-Canada Study Shows Right Whale Deaths Overwhelmingly Caused by Humans

A joint U.S.-Canada scientific paper published yesterday in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms looked at the causes of death for 70 North Atlantic right whales within the 16-year time period between 2003 and 2018 and found that of the 43 for which the researchers could determine a cause of death, nearly 90% were a direct result of entanglement in fishing lines and vessel collisions.

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Offshore Wind: Huge Potential And Open Questions

Offshore Wind: Huge Potential And Open Questions

Last week a panel of experts speaking to the Capitol Hill Oceans Week Conference discussed the state of offshore wind development in the U.S. — describing the huge commercial potential and the difficult issues that are still being confronted in the industry’s infancy. It was a sobering look at this hot new source of renewable energy, but despite the challenges, offshore wind development seems inevitable.

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Banking on Sustainable Fishing For the Next Generation of Fishers

Banking on Sustainable Fishing For the Next Generation of Fishers

But now, with the rise of social impact investing from philanthropic organizations such as the Walton Family Foundation, companies like Catch Together are building a nationwide network of community fishing permit “banks” that provide low-interest loans to fishermen so that they can lease and eventually buy a fishing permit.

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Ocean Warming Causing Fish Migrations and Strife

Ocean Warming Causing Fish Migrations and Strife

Warming ocean temperatures are causing fish populations to migrate north, complicating fisheries management and fishing businesses that are not able to keep up because the fishery-specific regulations and catch quotas are regional and they no longer align with where the fish are being found.  

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Secretary Pompeo’s Arctic Council Climate Denial

Secretary Pompeo’s Arctic Council Climate Denial

At a meeting of Foreign Ministers from all the Arctic Nations held Monday and Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to sign a previously negotiated declaration of support by the nations for their joint strategy and cooperation plan in this key region because it involved working to address climate change impacts in the region.  […]

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