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ROSA Offshore Wind Project Monitoring Framework and Guidelines. The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance’s (ROSA) first working group recently published the ROSA Offshore Wind Project Framework and Guidelines for public use. Building on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s existing guidance, the guidelines are intended to inform the development of fisheries research and monitoring plans at commercial offshore wind farms. More information on this document can be found on the ROSA website.
New York Power Grid Study. In support of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), the New York Power Grid Study was undertaken in order to identify distribution upgrades, local transmission upgrades, and bulk transmission investments that are necessary or appropriate for the power grid for the State of New York. An Initial Report of the Power Grid Study was published by the New York State Department of Public Service on January 19, 2021. This report was co-authored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and was developed in consultation with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), and New York’s investor-owned utilities (Utilities). More information and resources on the Power Grid Study can be found here.
NYSERDA Publishes Offshore Wind Submarine Cabling Overview. NYSERDA has published the Offshore Wind Submarine Cabling Overview document following over a year of drafting and review with the F-TWG. The document provides an overview of offshore wind (OSW) submarine power cable types, installation and burial methods, and operations and maintenance. This document also summarizes potential impacts cables might have on the commercial fishing industry, as well as how commercial fishing practices might impact cables, and potential measures to avoid, minimize, or mitigate these impacts, including site assessment, risk assessment, project planning and design, and proper cable installation and burial methods. Although this report doesn’t suggest an optimal cable burial depth for future projects, it does serve as a comprehensive summary on the cable planning and burial process.
NOAA/ NMFS/ GARFO Landing and Revenue for Wind Energy Areas. The Greater Regional Atlantic Fisheries Office (GARFO) has published landing and revenue data for wind energy areas between 2008 and 2018. The datasets for each wind development area include modeled VTR and clam logbook data to present landings and value summarized by gear type, species, port of landing, and state of landing.
Port Access Route Study: The Areas Offshore of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) announces the completion of The Areas Offshore of Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study. The study focused on the seven adjacent leased areas of the outer continental shelf south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and east of Rhode Island that together constitute the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Wind Energy Area (MA/RI WEA). The study was conducted to (1) determine what, if any, navigational safety concerns exist with vessel transits in the study area; (2) determine whether to recommend changes to enhance navigational safety by examining existing shipping routes and waterway uses as any or all of the lease areas within the MA/RI WEA are partially or fully developed as wind farms; and (3) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures.
New York State’s Public Service Commission released an Official Order for a 2020 OSW Solicitation. In this Order, the New York State Public Service Commission authorizes NYSERDA to issue an additional offshore wind solicitation in 2020 for 1,000 MW or more, in order to maintain New York’s trajectory in meeting its clean energy goals.
Launching New York’s Offshore Wind Industry: Phase 1 Report. In October 2019, NYSERDA submitted this report to the New York State Department of Public Service documenting the results of New York’s first large-scale offshore wind solicitation. The report details the procurement and contracting process, and includes draft Environmental and Fisheries Mitigation Plans that were part of the agreements. For more information regarding the Fisheries Mitigation Plans, which will be finalized following consultation with the Fisheries Technical Working Group, click here.
New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan. A comprehensive plan developed to encourage the development of offshore wind energy in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues while addressing market barriers and aiming to lower costs. The Fish and Fisheries Study is included as Appendix J.
New York State Public Service Commission’s Order establishing the Offshore Wind Standard. The Public Service Commission issued an Order directing NYSERDA, in consultation with NYPA and LIPA, to procure approximately 800 MW of offshore wind between 2018 and 2019 (PSC Case 18-E-0071).
New York State Ocean Action Plan 2017-2027. The OAP is a coordinated and inclusive effort focused on improving the health of our ocean ecosystems and their capacity to provide sustainable benefits to New Yorkers. Through a ten-year, sixty-one point action plan, the goal of the OAP is to achieve better-managed and healthier ocean ecosystems that will benefit people, communities, and the natural world.
Offshore Atlantic Ocean Study. A two-year study conducted by the New York State Department of State that provides physical, biological, geographic, and socioeconomic data available for New York State offshore waters.
Normandeau Associates, Inc. and APEM, Inc. Marine Wildlife Aerial Surveys. Ongoing aerial surveys using high-resolution digital photography to create a baseline of marine wildlife observations to provide information on distribution and use patterns of marine wildlife offshore New York State.
Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils Offshore Wind in the Northeast Region. The MAFMC and NEFMC, working with NOAA Fisheries, have collaboratively developed a wind page to link to information and resources that may be relevant to wind planning discussions. The page also provides information related to the Councils’ involvement in, and comments on, wind energy development activities, as well as resources for its stakeholders.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Renewable Energy. Main page for BOEM’s renewable energy, including links to renewable energy research supported by BOEM, stakeholder engagement activities, and activities in each state.
BOEM Environmental Studies Program. Ongoing programs and studies that are developing, funding, and managing research to inform policy decisions regarding energy and mineral resource development on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Massachusetts Offshore Wind. The State of Massachusetts’ offshore wind webpage.
Responsible Offshore Development Alliance The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) is a broad membership-based coalition of fishing industry associations and fishing companies with an interest in improving the compatibility of new offshore development with their businesses.
New York Commercial Fisherman Ocean Use Mapping Study. Identification of key fishing areas collected for the DOS through collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program and New York commercial and for-hire fishers.
Socioeconomic Impact of Outer Continental Shelf Wind Energy Development on Fisheries in the U.S. Atlantic Study. A study assessing the potential impacts of wind energy development on fisheries in U.S. Atlantic waters.
Greater Atlantic Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Program. NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement collects and maintains VMS data. The Office of Law Enforcement uses a satellite surveillance system to monitor the location and movement of commercial fishing vessels in the waters of certain federally managed fisheries.
Greater Atlantic Vessel Trip Report (VTR) Data. Vessels carrying permits from NOAA Fisheries GARFO are required to submit a VTR for every fishing trip to provide information on when and where catch occurred. VTR data may reflect a general representation of where vessels may be fishing within a given chart area, compared to more continuous monitoring methods such as VMS.
NEFSC Research Set-Aside Programs. Programs created to fund research aimed at improving fishery management decisions and stock assessments.
MARCO Data Portal. Synthesized spatial maps of human use of the Mid-Atlantic region from existing data products.
Northeast Ocean Data Portal. Peer-reviewed regional maps and data used to support proper ocean development and planning off the northeast coast of the United States.
Marine Cadastre. An interactive website that provides data, tools, and technical support with regards to ocean and Great Lakes renewable energy development.
Tethys. Comprehensive web resource for scientific information on marine renewable energy and wind energy (offshore and land-based) developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office and Water Power Technologies Office.
Councils and Commissions Conducting Ongoing Research.
Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office
Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
New England Fishery Management Council