Fishing/Offshore Wind Mitigation Measures Development Workshops

The Final Report on Fishing Best Management Practices and Mitigation Measures is complete and available below. BOEM will consider the recommendations in this report in regards to best management practices required in Atlantic renewable energy lessees construction and operations plans, general activities plans, and site assessment plans. BOEM appreciates the participation of fishermen and potential offshore renewable energy developers in developing the fishing best management practices included in the report. Guidelines for renewable energy lessee's plan submittal, including guidance for incorporation of best management practices is found here.

Background

BOEM is developing best management practices (BMPs) and mitigation measures for analysis and decision making under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) associated with wind energy development and activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) as they relate to interaction with commercial and recreational fishing practices.

To address future conflicts between fishing and wind projects within the OCS, BOEM wants input from commercial and recreational fishing industries, as well as fisheries management agencies and scientists, relative to proposed offshore wind energy development.

In order to effectively engage the fishing industry and its many fisheries and technologies, as well as wind energy developers, eight stakeholder workshops will be held from Maine through North Carolina to allow for dialogue among the parties.

Meetings were held in the following locations:

 City/State Date Time Location
Virginia Beach, VA Meeting Minutes October 12, 2012 1:00-4:45 pm Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Kingston, RI November 16, 2012 4:00-8:00 pm University of Rhode Island - Graduate School of Oceanography
Osterville, MA December 4, 2012 4:00-8:00 pm Osterville Village Library
New Bedford, MA December 5, 2012 4:00-8:00 pm Fairfield Inn and Suites
Ocean City, MD January 11, 2013 2:00-6:00 pm Ocean Pines Library
Morehead City, NC January 22, 2013 1:00-5:00 pm Morehead City Train Depot
 Ocean City, NJ February 6, 2013 4:00-8:00 pm Ocean City Free Library
 Rockport, Maine February 28, 2013 8:00-noon Samoset Resort
 Montauk, NY April 8, 2014 8:30-12:15 pm Montauk Yacht Club

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For more information please contact Brian Hooker in the Office of Renewable Energy Programs.