Offshore Wind in the Northeast Region
This webpage is collaboratively managed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils
There is growing interest in the development of offshore wind energy resources in the Northeast. The Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils are working with NOAA Fisheries to provide input on wind development activities in our region to ensure the impact to the marine environment and the Councils managed resources and fisheries is considered.
The Mid-Atlantic and New England Councils, working with NOAA Fisheries, have collaboratively developed this wind page to link to information and resources that may be relevant to wind planning discussions. This 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 (BOEM)
Development of offshore wind resources falls under the purview of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). There are several ways to engage in and stay informed about BOEM activities:
- Offshore Wind Projects and Fishery Representatives/Liaisons: Offshore wind developers are required to have a fishery representative and liaison for each project. These individuals are responsible for engaging with and disseminating project information to the local fishing community, as well as other associated stakeholders that may be affected by the wind projects. Visit BOEM's Fishing Industry Communication and Engagement web page to find information about fishery liaisons and representatives for offshore wind projects in the Northeast.
- State Activities: BOEM is working closely with the states and coordinates federal-state task forces. A summary of the status of activity in the different states can be found on BOEM's State Activities page.
- Get Email Updates: To stay informed about offshore wind activities and public comment opportunities, sign up to receive email updates from BOEM .
Northeast Wind Developers
Visit the wind developer websites listed below for information about specific projects in the Northeast region. BOEM's Renewable Energy Leases Map Book provides details about the locations of active commercial and research leases.
Council Policies and Comment Letters on Offshore Wind
The Councils periodically provide comments on the potential impacts of proposed wind development activities on fisheries and fish habitat. Listed below are links to relevant comment letters and Council policies on offshore wind development.
New England Council
Offshore Wind Resources
The following section provides more detailed information about marine resources and fisheries in our region relative to wind activities and other ocean uses.
Project-specific Information on Fisheries and Marine Environment
New York Bight Call for Information
On April 11, 2018 BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations, launching a public comment period to allow stakeholders to formally provide feedback on the potential for development of new wind energy areas in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New York, an area referred to as the New York Bight.
- National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) response to New York Bight Call for Information (6/7/18) - provides detailed information that describes considerations related to fisheries and the marine environment.
- APPENDIX A - Fishery Operational Factors and Fishery Dependent Data Limitations
- APPENDIX B - Hotspots and Permit Exposure in the NY Bight Call Area for 2010
- APPENDIX C - Fishery Landings and Estimates of Vessel Revenue from the NY Bight Call Areas
- APPENDIX D - Rec Fishing Tournament Info for NY and NJ
- APPENDIX E - Essential Fish Habitat Info for the NY Bight Call Area
- APPENDIX F - Bathymetry Maps for the NY Bight BOEM Call Areas and NYSERDA Areas of Consideration
- Additional Information to Supplement Appendix C (7/30/18)
- MAFMC and NEFMC response to New York Bight Call for Information (6/4/18)
Essential Fish Habitat Mapper
The purpose of this interactive, online mapping application is to provide the public and other resource managers an interactive platform for viewing a spatial representation of EFH, or those habitats that NMFS and the Councils have identified and described as necessary to fish for spawning, breeding, feeding or growth to maturity.
Endangered and Protected Resources
Regional Ocean Data Portals
The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Ocean Data Portals are online resources that consolidate available data to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitat areas, and energy sites, among others.
- Offshore Wind Best Management Practices Workshop
- Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on Atlantic Offshore Renewable Energy Development and Fisheries
- BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program
- A citizens guide to BOEM’s renewable energy authorization process
- BOEM Report on Best Management Practices and Mitigation Measures to Address Potential Use Conflicts between Commercial Wind Energy Lessees/Grantees and Commercial Fishermen on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf
- Mid-Atlantic Council: Jessica Coakley, firstname.lastname@example.org, (302) 526-5252
- New England Council: Michelle Bachman, email@example.com, (978) 465-0492 ext. 120
- NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Office: Sue Tuxbury, firstname.lastname@example.org, (978) 281-9176
- NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center: Andy Lipsky, email@example.com, (401) 829-8286
Disclaimer: Many of the links on this page lead to external websites not managed by the Mid-Atlantic or New England Council. We have made every effort to ensure that the resources listed on this page are relevant and up-to-date. However, the Councils cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided on non-Council websites. References to external websites do not constitute endorsement or recommendation by either Council. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the staff members listed at the bottom of this page.