Atlantic Fishing Industry Communication and Engagement

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Fishing Industry Memorandum of Understanding

NOAA Fisheries, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) signed a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding that brings local and regional fishing interests together with federal regulators to collaborate on the science and process of offshore wind energy development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

Working together to engage local and regional fishing interests early and often throughout the offshore wind development processes will help develop a collaborative regional research and monitoring program and lead to scientifically sound decisions.

Public Meetings on the New York Bight Call for Information and Nominations

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) hosted three public meetings in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts to discuss feedback received from a recently published Call for Information and Nominations (Call) for potential offshore wind energy leasing and development in the New York Bight.  The meeting presentations may be found below:

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BOEM Authorized Renewable Energy Development Activities

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. To be added to our distribution list for future updates, please email us at

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 Atlantic renewable energy planning/lease areas

For list of acronyms please visit

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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Bay State Wind: DONG Energy received a lease for an area totaling 187,523 acres in 2015. For more information, visit Geophysical surveys in the lease area and along potential cable routes to shore are scheduled for the summer of 2017, lasting 30-40 days.

On June 29,2017, BOEM approved the Site Assessment Plan for two floating light detection and ranging (FLiDaR) buoys. They are currently deployed. Ongoing.

Fishery liaison: John Williamson; Cell: 207 939-7055;

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Vineyard Wind : Vineyard Wind, received a lease for an area totaling 166,886 in 2015. For more information, click here. Geophysical surveys of the cable route to shore are ongoing.

BOEM is also reviewing a SAP for two floating LiDAR buoys in the Northeast portion of the lease area (less than 50m in depth) and a construction and operations plan.Fishery liaison Crista Bank: Fishery representative: Jim Kendall; Phone: 508-287-2010;

Fisheries Communication Plan:
Map of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Lease Areas with Nautical Chart

South Fork Wind Farm. Deepwater Wind New England, LLC, received leases for two areas totaling 164,750 acres in 2013. For more information, click here. Geophysical surveys for the South Fork Wind Farm and the future Revolution Wind Farm are ongoing.

BOEM approved a SAP for two FLiDaR buoys on October 12, 2017..

Fishery liaison: Rodney Avila:; r 1-508-889-0401

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Sea2Shore/Rhode Island Sound. National Grid received a right-of-way grant, see

Status: Operational.

Fishery liaison:  Elizabeth Marchetti; Phone 401-954-2902;

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For claims information, send an email to or call the 24-hour hotline: 401-515-4525 or 800-687-8906.


Empire Wind. On December 15-16, 2016, BOEM held a lease sale (i.e., auction) for an area offshore New York, referred to as the “New York lease area.” The auction lasted 33 rounds. Statoil Wind US LLC was the winner of lease area OCS-A 0512. The commercial wind energy lease was signed and executed by BOEM on March 15, 2017. For more information, visit

Fishery liaison: Steve Drew:; 908-339-7439 / 206-427-6553

Fisheries Communication Plan:

Mid-Atlantic Bight

New Jersey Lease Areas

US Wind Inc. (New Jersey). In 2016, BOEM issued lease OCS-A 0499 to US Wind, Inc. US Wind, Inc. has until March 2018 to submit a Site Assessment Plan (SAP). For more information, visit

New Jersey Lease Areas

Ocean Wind (New Jersey). In 2016, BOEM issued lease OCS-A 0498 to RES America Developments Inc.  The lease was assigned to Ocean Wind, LLC later that year. For more information, visit Geophysical surveys of the lease area are ongoing.

Fishery liaison: John Williamson; Cell: 207 939-7055;

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Skipjack. Deepwater Wind (formerly Bluewater Wind Delaware, LLC), received a lease for an area totaling 96,430 acres in 2012. For more information, click here.

A survey plan has been submitted and surveys are anticipated to begin in the summer of 2018.


Maryland. US Wind Inc., received leases for two areas totaling 79,707 acres in 2014. For more information, click here: 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:; 410-251-0903
Recreational Fishing Representative:
Brian Tinkler:; 410-430-3550.

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, click here.

South Atlantic Bight

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North Carolina Kitty Hawk. Avangrid Renewables received a lease for 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina in 2017. For more information, click here.

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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, click here.

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

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