BOEM, working with the National Marine Fisheries Service and affected coastal states, is developing guidance to ensure fair, equitable, and predictable methodologies for mitigating impacts of offshore renewable energy projects.
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
BOEM hosted a series of workshops in December 2021 to obtain input from the fishing community. Workshop materials can be found below.
- Offshore Wind Fisheries Mitigation Agenda
- BOEM Presentation - Request for Information on Guidance for Mitigating Impacts
- Request for Information - Guidance for Mitigating Impacts to Commercial and Recreational Fisheries from Offshore Wind Energy Development (November 22, 2021)
12/13 - West Coast Workshop
12/14 - Developers Workshop
12/15 - Gulf of Mexico Workshop
How to Comment
Comments can be submitted through the regulations.gov web portal.
Request for Information - Offshore Wind Fisheries Mitigation
You can also navigate to Regulations.gov and search for Docket No. BOEM-2021-0083. Click on the blue “Comment” button in the upper left-hand corner of the page. Enter your information and comment, then click “Submit Comment.”
During any of the workshops above you may also provide oral comment. All comments must be sent by or postmarked no later than 11:59 PM on January 7, 2022.