Reducing or Avoiding Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Fisheries

What's New ?

BOEM, in consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and affected coastal states, will be holding meetings to discuss draft guidance for ways to mitigate impacts from offshore wind projects on commercial and recreational fisheries and fishing. The guidance was developed based on public input received in late 2021.  

BOEM will hold four public meetings to:   

  1. Present the draft guidance.   
  2. Answer questions about the draft guidance and how it was developed.  
  3. Receive feedback on key issue areas.  
  4. Provide information on how to submit comments during the public comment process. 

The Draft Fisheries Mitigation Guidance is being shared with the public for review and input for a 60-day comment period. Guidelines developed through this process may be updated periodically based upon public feedback and evaluation by BOEM staff. Comments on the guidance can be submitted via regulations.gov from June 23 to August 22, 2022 under Docket number BOEM-2022-0033 or by attending one of four upcoming virtual public meetings:  

The workshops are intended primarily for commercial and recreational fishermen on the West Coast, the Gulf, and the Atlantic Coast, as well as developers. However, the meetings are open to the public. 

Resources

Request for Information on Fisheries Mitigation Guidance

On November 23, 2021, BOEM published a “Request for Information” to obtain input from the public, especially the fishing community, on avoiding, minimizing and, if needed, compensating for impacts from offshore wind energy projects to commercial and recreational fisheries.

The comment period on the Request for Information closed on January 7, 2022. Comments can be viewed here: https://www.regulations.gov/search/comment?filter=BOEM-2021-0083

Request for Information Workshops

BOEM hosted a series of workshops in December 2021 to obtain input from the fishing community. Workshop materials can be found below.

Meeting Summaries