Offshore wind energy is the largest ocean-based renewable energy resource in Massachusetts and significant progress has been made on the planning, siting, analysis, and leasing for potential offshore wind energy projects in federal waters off the Commonwealth. In federal waters, the leasing of the Outer Continental Shelf for renewable energy is the authority of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Since 2009, Massachusetts has been working closely with BOEM, participating on an Intergovernmental Task Force comprised of federal, state, tribal, and local agency representatives and elected officials. For more information, see the BOEM Renewable Energy web page and the BOEM Massachusetts Activities web page.

To augment the Intergovernmental Task Force process and engage directly with key stakeholders, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center convened two working groups for fisheries and marine habitat issues. While the working groups are voluntary and informal, they provide a critically important forum for maintaining a dialogue with key stakeholders, getting their feedback and guidance, and identifying issues and concerns. Input from the working groups has directly resulted in accommodations to avoid important marine habitat, fishing grounds, and marine commerce routes in the designation of the wind energy lease areas. The working groups will continue to provide valuable advice as leaseholders proceed through the next phases of the BOEM wind energy commercial leasing process, including site assessments, environmental and technical reviews, and development of construction and operations plans.

Membership

The Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy is comprised of commercial fishermen and representatives from different ports and sectors, recreational fishermen, scientists, and state and federal agencies.

NameOrganization
Eric HansenScallop Boat Endeavor & Fisheries Survival Fund
John PappalardoCape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance
Peter AnthonyEastern Fisheries & New Bedford Fisheries Council
Rodney AvilaCommercial fisherman & New Bedford Fisheries Council
Warren DotyMartha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust
Shelley EdmundsonMartha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust
Beth CasoniMassachusetts Lobsterman’s Association
Edward WelchE & J Scalloping Corp
Steve WelchFisherman & South Shore Fisheries Task Force
Ron SmolowitzResearcher Coonamasett Farms & Fisheries Survival Fund
Jim KendallNew Bedford Seafood Consulting & Mass Fishermen’s Partnership
Kevin StokesburyUMass School of Marine Science and Technology & Chair Department of Fisheries Oceanography
Jim TietjePatriot Too Charter Boat & Cape Cod Charter Boat Association 
Jarrett DrakeDrake Lobster & Massachusetts Lobsterman’s Association
Mike PierdinockCPF Charters "Perseverance" & Recreational Fishing Alliance
Ed Anthes-WashburnPort of New Bedford
Ed LeBlancU.S. Coast Guard
Tom NiesNew England Fisheries Management Council
Chris KelloggNew England Fisheries Management Council
David PierceMassachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Kathyrn FordMassachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Chris BoelkeNOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Sue TuxburyNOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Bruce CarlisleMassachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Bill WhiteMassachusetts Clean Energy Center

Meetings

Meetings of the Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy are ad hoc, generally convened quarterly or at certain benchmark points in the wind energy commercial leasing process.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy has not been scheduled.

Past meetings

Past meetings of the Fisheries Working Group have included the following dates, and agendas (if available).

May 17, 2017 - agenda pdf format of offshore-wind-fisheries-working-group-agenda-05-17-17.p

June 28, 2016 - agenda pdf format of offshore-wind-fisheries-working-group-agenda-06-28-16.pdf

March 9, 2016 – agenda pdf format of offshore-wind-fisheries-working-group-agenda-03-09-16.pdf

November 2, 2015 – agenda pdf format of offshore-wind-fisheries-working-group-agenda-11-02-15.pdf

April 30, 2015 – agenda pdf format of offshore-wind-fisheries-working-group-agenda-04-30-15.pdf

June 24, 2014 – agenda pdf format of offshore-wind-fisheries-working-group-agenda-06-24-14.pdf

November 14, 2012

February 13, 2012

September 20, 2011

June 10, 2011

May 2, 2011

April 12, 2011