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April 25, 2003

LETTER TO THE GLOBE

Re. CAPE WIND FARM

We take exception to misleading statements in the April 25 Globe article on page B2, "Unions, some fishermen back Cape wind farm". The article states, "hundreds of fishermen… support the Cape Wind project", but the lack of any quotes from fishermen supporting the project should say a lot more.

Fishermen who actually fish in Nantucket Sound have grave concerns about the impacts of proposals to place 170 turbines with blades more than 375 feet above sea level anchored in acres of concrete on rich fishing grounds and Essential Fish Habitat. This project is one of the largest of the world's largest and will en dan ger fishermen by obstructing boats and nets, particularly in bad weather. The proposal will essentially take fishing grounds and critical habitat by eminent domain with absolutely no regard to the economic impacts or environmental degradation. Fishermen and lobstermen worry how the project would change currents, wave energy, and water temperatures. Nothing is known about how the placement of the turbines with continuous vibrations will impact migrations and spawning behaviors of lobsters, fish, birds, whales, or other marine mammals.

Fishermen support renewable energy, but not at the environmental and economic expense of the Cape Wind proposal.

David Bergeron, Executive Director
Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership
2 Blackburn Center Gloucester, MA 01930
Tel. (978) 282-4847 Fax (978) 282-4798

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