Atlantic Fishing Industry Communication and Engagement

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The mission of BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) is to oversee responsible offshore renewable energy development activities. BOEM is responsible for carrying out its mission in a manner that, among other things, protects the environment, considers other uses of the potential development area, including use as a fishery, and prevents interference with reasonable uses of the exclusive economic zone, the high seas, and the territorial seas. BOEM strives to communicate Atlantic renewable energy program information via “Notes to Stakeholders” and press releases, Lessee Guidelines for Pre-Construction Surveys, workshops and meetings, BOEM-funded studies, and fact sheets. To be added to our distribution list for future updates, please email us at renewable_reporting@boem.gov.

BOEM Authorized Renewable Energy Development Activities

OREP authorizes the activities of OCS lease holders (lessees) through approval of plans such as site assessment plans (e.g., meteorological tower installation) and construction and operations plans (i.e., plans for the construction and operation of commercial-scale renewable energy projects). BOEM may also issue rights-of-way grants, which would allow for the installation of transmission cables to support renewable energy facilities that are not located on the OCS. The location and status of current Atlantic activities are below.


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Status of U.S. planning/lease areas (please visit: http://www.boem.gov/acronym-table/)

Fishery representatives and liaisons will be added as they are identified in Lessee plans. 


Southern New England/New York Bight Area

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Cape Wind/Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind Associates, LLC, received a lease for an area totaling 29,425 acres in 2010. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/Massachusetts-Cape-Wind/.

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Bay State Wind: DONG Energy received a lease for an area totaling 187,523 acres in 2015. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/Commercial-Wind-Leasing-Offshore-Massachusetts/. Geophysical surveys in the lease area and along potential cable routes to shore are scheduled for the summer of 2017, lasting 30-40 days. BOEM is also reviewing a Site Assessment Plan for two floating LiDAR buoys in the Northeast portion of the lease area (less than 50m in depth) that will be deployed in the summer of 2017.
Fishery liaison: John Williamson; Cell: 207 939-7055; john@seakeeper.net

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Vineyard Wind: OffshoreMW, LLC, received a lease for an area totaling 166,886 in 2015. For more information, please visit this link http://www.boem.gov/Commercial-Wind-Leasing-Offshore-Massachusetts/. Geophysical surveys of the cable route to shore are scheduled for the summer of 2017 (approximately June – August). BOEM is also reviewing a Site Assessment Plan for two floating LiDAR buoys in the Northeast portion of the lease area (less than 50m in depth) that will be deployed in the summer of 2017.
Fishery liaison: Erik Peckar; Phone: 508-693-3002; erik@vineyardpower.com.
Fishery representative: Jim Kendall; Phone: 508-287-2010; nbsc@comcast.net

Map of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Lease Areas with Nautical Chart
South Fork/Cox Ledge: Deepwater Wind New England, LLC, received leases for two areas totaling 164,750 acres in 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.boem.gov/Commercial-Wind-Lease-Rhode-Island-and-Massachusetts/. Deepwater Wind will be conducting geophysical surveys for a potential cable route to shore during the summer of 2017.
BOEM has also received a Site Assessment Plan for the deployment of a floating LiDAR buoy to be deployed in the summer of 2017.
Fishery liaison: Elizabeth Casoni; Phone:  781-545-6984; beth.casoni@lobstermen.com.

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Sea2Shore/Rhode Island Sound. National Grid received a right-of-way grant, click here.
Status: Operational.

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Statoil Wind U.S. (New York). On October 27, 2016, the Department of Interior announced that 79,350 acres offshore New York will be offered in a December 15, 2016 commercial wind lease sale. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/New-York/.


Mid-Atlantic Bight

New Jersey Lease Areas


US Wind Inc. (New Jersey North Lease Area). In November 2015, BOEM held a lease sale for the Wind Energy Area offshore New Jersey. The winner of the north lease sale was US Wind, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/New-Jersey/.

New Jersey Lease Areas


Ocean Wind (New Jersey South Lease Area). In2015, BOEM issued a lease to DONG Energy. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/New-Jersey/. Geophysical surveys of the lease area are scheduled for the summer of 2017.

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Skipjack Wind Farm: GSOE I (formerlyBluewater Wind Delaware, LLC), received a lease for an area totaling 96,430 acres in 2012. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/Delaware/.

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US Wind Maryland: US Wind Inc., received leases for two areas totaling 79,707 acres in 2014. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/Maryland/: BOEM is reviewing a SAP for the construction of a meteorological tower in the lease area scheduled for construction in the summer of 2017.
Commercial Fishing Representative:
Merrill Campbell; Cell: 410-251-0903; campbells101@comcast.net
Recreational Fishing Representative:
Brian Tinkler; Cell: 410-430-3550; brian@ocsunsetmarina.com

Map of the Virginia Commercial Lease Area with Nautical Chart


Virginia: Virginia Electric and Power Company (dba
Dominion Virginia Power) received a lease for an area totaling
112,799 acres in 2013. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/Renewable-Energy-Program/Commercial-Lease-Offshore-VA/.


South Atlantic Bight

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North Carolina Kitty Hawk. Avangrid Renewables is the provisional winner for a lease for 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina in 2017. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/North-Carolina/.

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North Carolina/South Carolina Cape Fear to Cape Romain. BOEM received two nominations to develop all or portions of the four South Carolina Call Areas. BOEM will review the nominations and work with the South Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force to assess next steps. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/South-Carolina/.


Lessee Guidelines for Pre-Construction Surveys

BOEM has developed a number of national and regional guidelines for renewable energy activities on the OCS. These informal documents are intended to provide lessees, operators and developers with additional information or interpretation of a regulation. BOEM believes the guidelines listed below would be of interest to the commercial fishing industry. A full list of survey guidelines can be found at http://www.boem.gov/Survey-Guidelines/.

Workshops and Meetings

BOEM strives to engage fishermen through meetings and workshops regarding renewable energy project development and environmental studies at the programmatic and project-specific level. Below are the results of workshops and meetings that BOEM has held specific to the renewable energy program and fishing. In addition to meetings and workshops convened by BOEM, we also participate is meetings and workshops hosted by other groups including fishery management council meetings and state-level fishery advisory groups.

Fishing/Offshore Wind Mitigation Measures Workshop Webpage (2012-2014)

New York Wind Energy Area Identification Meetings (November 2015)

BOEM-Funded Studies

Annually OREP prepares a Studies Development Plan to cover a three-year planning period. The plan proposed studies for the upcoming fiscal year and for one successive year. These studies are designed to collect the information necessary to meet the needs of the users, including BOEM scientists, rule writers, modelers, and decision makers.

BOEM recognizes that we need to understand the effects of proposed renewable energy development on fish and shellfish. BOEM has also invested in numerous studies to better understand such effects.

Fact Sheets

For More Information

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Office of Renewable Energy Programs
45600 Woodland Road
Sterling, Virginia 20166
703-787-1340
renewable_reporting@boem.gov