“We want to make it very clear that there are important fishery resources in this area. We hope that it creates an extra layer of consideration as these (offshore wind) projects go forward.” — NEFMC spokesperson Janice Plante
New Bedford will benefit greatly from the legislation, with “increased high-paying jobs and workforce training initiatives; a procurement process that prioritizes economic development and diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a commitment to protect the fishing industry and coastal environment.” said state Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral
Vineyard Wind’s partner will build an Offshore Wind Control Center in New Bedford with at least 20 construction jobs, followed by up to a dozen long-term positions in 2024.
“In a perfect world it would start next month and it would go for the next 20 years of my life … Hopefully it will be a secure job but I’m not banking on that. I’m doing other work as well.” — Joey Welch