As part of the construction of the new wind energy terminal (the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal) a fish barrier has been placed at the north end of South Terminal in the southern part of New Bedford Harbor. The barrier consists of a silt curtain that runs from the surface to the bottom. An orange boom marks the top of the silt curtain. An additional submerged fish weir is outside of the silt curtain and rises from the bottom and is marked with white buoys.
White hazard buoys have been placed along the length of the curtain and weir on both sides. The hazard buoys have white flashing lights. There is access to the Gifford Street Boat Ramp via a new channel through a bubble curtain located at the Northwest corner of the construction area.
Boaters are urged to proceed with caution. See the diagram below for the new channel and boom locations.
A second silt curtain, located north of Pope’s Island is part of construction of the Lower Harbor Cad Cell Project. The 5 MPH speed limit within the harbor will be enforced.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the Port of New Bedford HDC at 508-961-3000.
To learn more about New Bedford and the harbor watch our episode from New England Boating TV.