NEW BEDFORD, MA – June 25, 2021 – Offshore Wind Farm Support is proud to announce the placement of seasoned, experienced and knowledgeable fisherman known as “Certified Fisheries Liaison Officer” onboard the Survey Vessel Fugro Explorer for Vineyard Wind.
The FUGRO EXPLORER will be performing Geo-SubSea Survey operations in the southern/central portion of Vineyard Wind Lease Area (OCS – 0501). Vineyard Wind is developing an 800MW Offshore Wind Farm to ultimately power over 400,000 homes in Massachusetts. Operations began in July and are expected to continue into September 2021. https://hubs.li/H0R4sv70
Vineyard Wind recognizes the importance, professionalism and necessity of having experienced fishermen onboard survey vessels so they can communicate directly with any fishing vessels and mariners in survey areas. A CFLO is an experienced and highly trained fisherman who who communicates in real time with fishermen and mariners, should the need arise.
There are 17 different Offshore Wind Farms under development on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA and Vineyard Wind is one of four developers who recognize the importance of real time communication between fishermen and developers and require all survey vessels to have a CFLO onboard.
Paul Forsberg/ Co-Founder Offshore Wind Farm Support LLC
“Vineyard Wind is a great company to work with, and we feel very fortunate to have earned their business.”
During the 2020 Offshore Wind Survey Season, our CFLO’s covered 114,000km of survey area with a little over 400 crossing situations and have ZERO negative interactions.
New for this 2021, our CFLO’s have been cross trained so they can also help PSO (Protected Species Observers) to further enhance protection and observation of Marine Mammals
- Certified Fisheries Liaisons -have multiple years of experience. Virtually all of them began their fishing careers as “Greenhorns” and worked their way up to Captain
- Our CFLO’s are well known and respected within the fishing community.
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