New Bedford Harbor. Photo courtesy/NOAA Restoration Center, NE Region

SouthCoastToday: A set of anti-fish barriers marked by an orange boom, white buoys and a stream of bubbles in the water is the first serious sign that momentum on the [New Bedford] South Terminal project is scaling up.

The barriers, part of the environmental measures associated with the port development project, were installed the weekend of January 12 and 13 in New Bedford Harbor, running roughly from the Schuster Corp. building to the Gifford Street boat ramps, said Assistant Harbormaster Victor Fonseca.

They alert boaters to a thinly woven net that drops almost to the bottom and is meant to keep winter flounder from releasing their eggs in the area and a silt curtain designed to contain materials disturbed during the construction, Fonseca said. Boats can pass to the boat ramp through an opening of about 75’ cut off from the fish with a stream of bubbles pumped by underwater hoses.

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