Fishing Industry Communication and Engagement

    BOEM, working with the National Marine Fisheries Service and affected coastal states, is developing guidance to mitigate potential impacts from offshore wind projects on commercial and recreational fisheries and fishing. The first step in this process is to gain knowledge from the people and organizations that know and use these areas. BOEM hosted a series of workshops during which BOEM: 

    • Presented the purpose and intent of the 2014 document Development of Mitigation Measures to Address Potential Use Conflicts between Commercial Wind Energy Lessees/Grantees and Commercial Fishermen on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.  
       
    • Requested input from the fishing community and developers that would inform the draft guidance on fisheries mitigation. Topics to consider include project siting, design, navigation, and access; safety; environmental monitoring; and financial compensation.  
       
    • Provided information on how to submit comments. 

    For more information about this guidance, fisheries mitigation workshops and how to submit comments visit:

    Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Workshops

    BOEM hosted four, sector-specific Gulf of Mexico Fisheries workshops January 19-20, 2022.  Stakeholders were invited to attend the virtual events to share information and discuss issues as BOEM prepares for development of potential wind energy areas and environmental reviews for offshore wind projects in the Gulf of Mexico. For more information go to https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/gulf-mexico-fisheries-summit.

    New York Bight Fisheries Engagement

    On January 19, 2022, BOEM held a meeting to present on New York Bight Final Sale Notice (FSN). This meeting, focused on the commercial and recreational fishing industries, delivered on the commitment BOEM made following four fisheries meetings in the Summer of 2021 (see Proposed Sale Notice Fisheries Meetings, below) to host another meeting after the publication of the FSN.  BOEM staff provided an overview of the comments received in response to the Proposed Sale Notice, decisions BOEM made in the FSN (including the final lease areas), new lease stipulations designed to address comments and concerns voiced by the fishing industry, and our next steps.  BOEM Director Amanda Lefton offered opening remarks and participated in the Q&A session.

    Proposed Sale Notice Fisheries Meetings

    On July 20 and 22 BOEM hosted a series of working meetings regarding the New York Bight Proposed Sale Notice.  Four two-hour meetings were held focusing on primary fisheries that operate in the NY Bight: Scallops, Mixed Trawl, Surf Clams and Recreational.  The materials presented at these meetings are provided below.

    Call for Information and Nominations Fisheries Meetings

    In September 2018 the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) hosted three public meetings in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts to discuss feedback received from the Call for Information and Nominations (Call) for potential offshore wind energy leasing and development in the New York Bight.  The meeting presentations are found below:

    Fishing Industry Memorandum of Understanding

    In March 2019 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.

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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 boempublicaffairs@boem.gov.

    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 http://www.boem.gov/acronym-table/

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

    The New England Fisheries Management Council and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council also have a joint website to stay informed about offshore wind projects:http://www.mafmc.org/northeast-offshore-wind .

     

    Southern New England/New York Bight Area

    Liberty Wind (OCS-A 0522): This commercial offshore wind energy lease was awarded to Vineyard Wind effective April 1, 2019. Vineyard Wind has identified a portion of this area as being home to the Liberty Wind project.

    BOEM Lease Information: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/commercial-leases-ocs-0520-0521-and-0522

    Fishery liaison Crista Bank: cbank@vineyardwind.com, 508-525-0421.

    Fisheries Communication Plan:  https://www.vineyardwind.com/fisheries

    Vineyard Wind Website:  www.vineyardwind.com

     

    Mayflower Wind (OCS-A 0521):  This commercial offshore wind energy lease was awarded to Mayflower Wind Energy, LLC effective April 1, 2019. Mayflower Wind is a joint venture between Shell New Energies and EDP Renewables. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts selected Mayflower Wind for a 804 MW project in October 2019.

    BOEM Lease Information: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/commercial-leases-ocs-0520-0521-and-0522

    Fishery Liaison: Joel Southall; joel.southall@mayflowerwind.com; 617 – 817 – 4682

    Mayflower Wind Website:  https://www.mayflowerwind.com/

     

    OCS-A 0520: This commercial offshore wind energy lease was awarded to Equinor Wind, LLC effective April 1, 2019.

    BOEM Lease Information: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/commercial-leases-ocs-0520-0521-and-0522

    Fisheries Manager: Elizabeth Marchetti emarc@equinor.com, 401.954.2902

    Fisheries Liaison: Steve Drew sdrew@searisksolutions.com 908.339.7439

    Fisheries Communication Plan:  https://www.statoil.com/en/what-we-do/empirewind.html

     

    Vineyard Wind (OCS-A 0501): Vineyard Wind received a lease for an area totaling 166,886 in 2015. For more information, visit www.boem.gov/vineyard-wind/. Geophysical surveys are ongoing.

    Vineyard Wind submitted a COP for the northern part of the lease area (Vineyard Wind North) in December 2017. Analysis of the COP is ongoing.Fishery liaison Crista Bank: cbank@vineyardwind.com, 508-525-0421.

    Fisheries Communication Plan:  https://www.vineyardwind.com/fisheries

     

     

    Park City Wind (OCS-A 0501): Vineyard Wind LLC, was selected by Connecticut in December 2019 to supply an 804 MW to the State. This project would occupy the southern half of lease area OCS-A 0501). For more information, visit www.boem.gov/vineyard-wind/. Geophysical surveys are ongoing.

    Fishery liaison Crista Bank: cbank@vineyardwind.com, 508-525-0421.

    Fisheries Communication Plan:  https://www.vineyardwind.com/fisheries

    Vineyard Wind Website:  www.vineyardwind.com

    Bay State Wind (OCS-A 0500): Ørsted 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 are continuing in the lease area.

    Bay State Wind submitted a Construction and Operations Plan in March 2019, plans are currently under review.

    Fishery liaisons: Rodney Avila Corporate Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.332.4479 Email: RODAV@orsted.com; Julia Prince CT/NY Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.348.3263 Email: JULPR@orsted.com

    Sunrise Wind (OCS-A 0487 & OCS-A 0500): This Ørsted/Eversource 880 MW project was selected by New York in 2019. Geophysical surveys are continuing in the lease area.

    BOEM Lease Information:  https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/commercial-wind-leasing-offshore-rhode-island-and-massachusetts

    Fishery liaisons: Rodney Avila Corporate Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.332.4479 Email: RODAV@orsted.com; Julia Prince CT/NY Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.348.3263 Email: JULPR@orsted.com

    Sunrise Wind Webpage: www.sunrisewindny.com

    South Fork Wind Farm (OCS-A 0486).  This Ørsted/Eversource project was selected by the Long Island Power Authority to deliver approximately 130 MW to Long Island, NY.

    A COP for the South Fork Wind Farm project was submitted in June 2018. Analysis of the COP is ongoing. BOEM project webpage: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/south-fork

    Fishery liaisons: Rodney Avila Corporate Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.332.4479 Email: RODAV@orsted.com; Julia Prince CT/NY Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.348.3263 Email: JULPR@orsted.com

     

    Revolution Wind Farm (OCS-A 0486).  This Ørsted/Eversource project was selected by Rhode Island and Connecticut to deliver 300 MW and 400 MW respectively to those states in 2019. Geophysical surveys for the South Fork Wind Farm and the are ongoing.

    Fishery liaisons: Rodney Avila Corporate Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.332.4479 Email: RODAV@orsted.com; Julia Prince CT/NY Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.348.3263 Email: JULPR@orsted.com

    Sea2Shore/Rhode Island Sound. National Grid received a right-of-way grant, see http://sea2shoreri.com/.

    Status: Operational.

    Fishery liaisons: Rodney Avila Corporate Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.332.4479 Email: RODAV@orsted.com; Julia Prince CT/NY Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.348.3263 Email: JULPR@orsted.com

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    For claims information, send an email to info@sea2shoreri.com or call the 24-hour hotline: 401-515-4525 or 800-687-8906.


    Empire Wind (OCS-A 0512). Surveys in the Empire Wind lease area are ongoing. For more information, visit http://www.boem.gov/New-York/.

    Fisheries Manager: Elizabeth Marchetti emarc@equinor.com, 401.954.2902

    Fisheries Liaison: Steve Drew sdrew@searisksolutions.com 908.339.7439

    Fisheries Communication Plan:  https://www.statoil.com/en/what-we-do/empirewind.html

     

    Mid-Atlantic Bight

    Atlantic Shores (OCS-A 0499). Atlantic Shores is a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Shell New Energies. Geophysical surveys of the lease are ongoing.

    BOEM Lease Information: http://www.boem.gov/New-Jersey/.

    Fisheries Liaison Officer:  Kevin Wark; kevin.wark@atlanticshoreswind.com; 609-290-8577

    Atlantic Shores Webpage:  www.atlanticshoreswind.com

    Ocean Wind (OCS-A 0498). Ocean Wind is an Ørsted project. In June 2019 New Jersey selected Ocean Wind to supply a 1,100 MW to the state. Geophysical surveys are ongoing.

    BOEM Lease Information: http://www.boem.gov/New-Jersey/. Geophysical surveys of the lease area are ongoing.

    Fishery liaisons: Rodney Avila Corporate Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.332.4479 Email: RODAV@orsted.com

    Ocean Wind Webpage:  www.oceanwind.com

     

    OCS-A 0482. This lease was awarded to GSOE I, LLC in December 2012.

    BOEM Lease Information: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/delaware-activities

    Skipjack (OCS-A 0519). This project being developed by Ørsted, was selected as being eligible for an offshore renewable energy tax credit by the State of Maryland in 2013. A COP was submitted to BOEM in April 2019 and is currently under review.

    BOEM Lease Information:  https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/delaware-activities

    Fishery liaisons: Rodney Avila Corporate Fisheries Liaison Phone: 857.332.4479 Email: RODAV@orsted.com

    US Wind Maryland (OCA-A 0490). This lease was awarded to US Wind Inc. in December 2014. The US Wind Marwind project is within this lease area. A site assessment plan to construct a meteorological tower was approved in March 2018.

    BOEM Lease Information: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/maryland-activities

    Wolfgang Rain, Fisheries Liaison
    Phone: 206.427.6553
    Email: wrain@searisksolutions.com

    Ron Larsen, Fisheries Liaison
    Phone: 570.242.5023
    Email: ronlarsen@searisksolutions.com

     

    Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (OCS-A 0497). This research lease was awarded to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines Minerals & Energy in April 2014. A research activities plan (RAP) for two turbines was approved with revisions in June 2019. Ørsted has been selected by Virginia and Dominion Energy to do the engineering, procurement, and construction work for the project. Dominion Energy will operate the project.

    BOEM Lease Information:  https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/coastal-virginia-offshore-wind-project-cvow

    Wolfgang Rain, Fisheries Liaison
    Phone: 206.427.6553
    Email: wrain@searisksolutions.com

    Ron Larsen, Fisheries Liaison
    Phone: 570.242.5023
    Email: ronlarsen@searisksolutions.com

    CVOW Website: https://www.dominionenergy.com/cvow

    Virginia (OCS-A 0483). Virginia Electric and Power Company (dba
    Dominion Virginia Power) received a lease for an area totaling
    112,799 acres in 2013.

    Wolfgang Rain, Fisheries Liaison
    Phone: 206.427.6553
    Email: wrain@searisksolutions.com

    Ron Larsen, Fisheries Liaison
    Phone: 570.242.5023
    Email: ronlarsen@searisksolutions.com

    BOEM Lease Information: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/commercial-lease-wind-energy-offshore-virginia.

     

    South Atlantic Bight

     

    North Carolina Kitty Hawk (OCS-A 0508). Avangrid Renewables received a lease for 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina in 2017. A site assessment plan was approved and meteorological buoy deployed in 2020. For fisheries notices, fisheries FAQs, and real-time buoy data please see: kittyhawkoffshore.com/fishing.

    For more information, click here.

    Fishery Liaison: Rick Robins, FathomEdge Limited, rick@fathomedgelimited.com; (757) 876-3778

     

    South Atlantic Planning Areas. BOEM is continuing to evaluate the North Carolina Wind Energy Areas and the South Carolina Call Areas under a regional approach. 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 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.

    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.

    Information Sheets

    For More Information

    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    Office of Renewable Energy Programs
    45600 Woodland Road
    Sterling, Virginia 20166
    703-787-1340