Deepwater Wind Buoys Outreach to Fishing Industry with Naming of Longtime Fisherman and Advocate as Fisheries Liaison
Rodney Avila will Manage Outreach to East Coast Fishing Fleet
New Bedford, Mass. – Feb. 15, 2018 – Deepwater Wind is strengthening its commitment to ongoing dialogue with the fishing industry with the addition of veteran fisherman and fisheries advocate Rodney Avila as the company’s Fisheries Liaison.
Avila, of New Bedford, is a respected fixture in the commercial fishing industry. Avila started fishing at age 9 and tallied more than 50 years of experience in the fishing industry before retiring. He’s operated out of several major Northeast ports and captained seven commercial fishing vessels berthed out of New Bedford. Most recently, he’s conducted vessel safety inspections up and down the East Coast.
In his new role as Deepwater Wind’s fisheries liaison, Avila will perform outreach to the commercial and recreational fishing communities and guide communication between local fisheries representatives and Deepwater Wind regarding the company’s planned offshore wind farms. Avila will work closely with Julia Prince, Deepwater Wind’s Montauk manager and fisheries liaison, as well as with the company’s marine affairs team.
“It’s our priority to work well with all ocean stakeholders, especially people in the commercial fishing industry who make their living on the water. Rodney is, quite simply, a local legend in the fishing industry,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “Few people understand fishing and the challenges fishermen today face like Rodney, and few are more respected across every corner of the industry. He’s an incredible addition to our team.”
“I’m thrilled to join the Deepwater Wind team,” Avila said. “I’ve been around a long time, and have always said you have to change with the times. It’s no different for fishermen. Offshore wind power is here to stay, and after observing Deepwater’s approach in building the wind farm off Block Island and getting to know the team, I’m sure that this is the company that will develop wind power the right way, with everyone in mind.”
Avila will be based at Deepwater Wind’s New Bedford office.
Avila previously worked as an outreach specialist for the New Bedford Fishermen’s Family Assistance Center, which provides employment and training services for fishermen. He’s served on the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission, the Massachusetts Fisheries Commission and the New England Fishery Management Council. He’s also owned several commercial fishing enterprises.