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updated January 8, 2008

Cape Wind Threatens Fishing Grounds in Nantucket Sound

Our coastal economy generates thousands of good jobs and produces tons of healthful, local all-natural seafood every year. But our way of life is threatened.

A wealthy, private developer wants millions of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars to build the Cape Wind power plant on one of our most productive fishing grounds in Nantucket Sound - between Cape Cod and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

The members of the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership support renewable energy like everyone else does, but Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound is the wrong place for an industrial plant. If this gets built, a lot of fishermen will be out of business and their families out of luck. It’s that simple. Take Action.

Horseshoe Shoal is Where we Work

The Cape Wind project proposed for Nantucket Sound would cost the region’s fishing industry between $8 million and $13 million, according to a recent study by the Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership, Inc. and the University of Rhode Island. Read our report on the potential for negative impacts of Cape Wind on commercial fishing.

Nantucket Sound is Home to Sustainable Fisheries

Commercial fishing in Nantucket Sound is well managed and sustainable. The small fishing vessels that work there harvest with a very low impact to the environment as they have for centuries and provide the highest quality seafood to benefit the good health of all citizens. The Horseshoe Shoal fishery is a poster child for good conservation and environmental stewardship. It must not be displaced when alternatives are available.

It’s Essential Fish Habitat

According to a fisheries expert on the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission, “Nantucket Sound provides essential fish habitat for many important species of finfish and invertebrates, including bluefish, striped bass, scup, summer flounder, black sea bass, and squid. Their commercial and recreational harvest adds tens of millions of dollars to the local economy… Commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, and charter captains target the area because of its abundance.” Learn more.

We Can Have Renewable Energy & Fishing

Proponents of Cape Wind are flat-out wrong when they claim this project will not adversely effect fishing on Horseshoe Shoal, or, even more outrageously, that it will benefit this vital resource and the fishermen who depend upon it.

In fact, there are better alternatives: alternative locations that would not impact fisheries as severely are available.

We can have renewable energy and we can preserve sustainable fisheries that provide us with much-needed, healthful, wild-caught seafood.

Important Precedent that Must Be Right

Cape Wind is the very first offshore wind energy development in the United States. With growing demands for renewable energy, offshore energy developments will be proposed around the entire nation. It is vitally important to all our coastal fisheries and our access to healthful all natural seafood that we provide the right example of how to do this and benefit the nation. Our nation depends on sustainable fisheries as well as energy. We can do this right, but Cape Wind is wrong.

You can Stop the Madness

Help Massachusetts fishermen protect their families and their livelihood by opposing Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound. Contact the federal Minerals Management Service (MMS) in Washington, DC today. This agency is currently deciding whether to allow the Cape Wind project to be built in the Sound.

E-mail MMS Director Randall Luthi at Randall.Luthi@mms.gov or call him at 202 208-3500. Tell MMS to find another location for Cape Wind and protect our fishermen’s future. Thank you!

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