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Navigation Update

Harbor changes mariners need to know

Update: January 15, 2013

Fish Deterrent System

As part of the construction of the new wind energy terminal (the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal), fish barriers have been placed at the south end of South Terminal and at CAD Cell #3 which is located 1000 feet north of Pope’s Island. The fish barriers consist of a silt curtain that runs from the surface to the bottom. An orange boom marks the top of the silt curtain. An additional fish weir is outside of the silt curtain and rises four feet from the bottom and is marked with white buoys.

Access to the Gifford Street boat ramp is through an opening in the silt curtain located at the south end of the existing South Terminal. A bubble curtain keeps fish out of the construction area, but can be safely passed over by vessels proceeding to and from the Gifford Street boat ramp. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution in these two areas.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the Harbor Development Commission at 508-961-3000.


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