- Regional State Letter to BOEM Regarding Fisheries Compensation
A group of regional state partners has submitted a letter to BOEM with regard to fisheries compensation efforts to encourage the development and advancement of a fair, equitable, and transparent process. These states include Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. The States have identified topics for continued discussion with BOEM regarding its development of an efficient and effective compensatory fisheries mitigation framework. The States believe that these foundational topics require full consideration and discussion with BOEM, NOAA, and other federal agencies, as well as the fishing industry and offshore wind developers, in order to develop mutual understanding and agreement on a mitigation framework that will provide equity and certainty for affected fishing communities, state and federal agencies, and the offshore wind industry.
To access the letter, see here.
This website is intended to provide general information about the goals and status of the New York State Fisheries Technical Working Group. Additionally, it will offer access to resources related to offshore wind and fisheries and provide an avenue to provide comments on related issues.
What is the Fisheries
The Fisheries Technical Working Group (F-TWG) is a group of commercial fisheries representatives and offshore wind energy developers who provide guidance and advice on how to responsibly implement New York State’s efforts to advance offshore wind energy development. State and federal fisheries managers also are engaged in this group to provide technical experience and assist with coordination. Recognizing the complexity of the fishing industry in the New York Bight, F-TWG members come from a regional geography, with fishing community representatives from New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
The mission of the F-TWG is to provide guidance to help steer New York State’s efforts to advance offshore wind energy development in an environmentally responsible way. New York State has established the goal of 9,000 MW of installed offshore wind energy capacity by 2035. The F-TWG is intended to assist in the development of this offshore wind energy in a way that protects the state’s and region’s valuable fisheries and fishing communities.
- Enhance communication and coordination between the fishing community and offshore wind industry developers to encourage a two-way flow of information.
- Disseminate information regarding existing data, research, and information sources to fishing communities and the offshore wind energy industry.
- Support scientific and technical research to address issues related to offshore wind energy project planning, siting, construction, operation, monitoring, or related topics using F-TWG feedback to support research priorities and project scoping.
Who are the F-TWG Members?
The F-TWG is led by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in consultation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The working group includes members from the fishing industry and wind energy developers. Fishery members were selected to represent the range of species and gear types offshore who may or will be affected by offshore wind energy development. Developer members are those with an active lease in related waters. Participants also include representatives of state agencies in the region as well as federal agencies with jurisdiction over fisheries management (fishery councils), fisheries science (NMFSC and GARFO), and offshore wind development planning and permitting (BOEM). To view the current F-TWG roster click here or contact us.
The F-TWG Framework describes the mission, objectives, and tasks proposed for the Fisheries Technical Working Group as part of New York State’s efforts to advance the responsible and cost-effective development of offshore wind energy to achieve the Governor’s goal of 9,000 MW of installed capacity by 2035. To view the full framework document click here.