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.
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.
|Eric Hansen||Scallop Boat Endeavor & Fisheries Survival Fund|
|John Pappalardo||Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance|
|Peter Anthony||Eastern Fisheries & New Bedford Fisheries Council|
|Rodney Avila||Commercial fisherman & New Bedford Fisheries Council|
|Warren Doty||Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust|
|Shelley Edmundson||Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust|
|Beth Casoni||Massachusetts Lobsterman’s Association|
|Edward Welch||E & J Scalloping Corp|
|Steve Welch||Fisherman & South Shore Fisheries Task Force|
|Ron Smolowitz||Researcher Coonamasett Farms & Fisheries Survival Fund|
|Jim Kendall||New Bedford Seafood Consulting & Mass Fishermen’s Partnership|
|Kevin Stokesbury||UMass School of Marine Science and Technology & Chair Department of Fisheries Oceanography|
|Jim Tietje||Patriot Too Charter Boat & Cape Cod Charter Boat Association|
|Jarrett Drake||Drake Lobster & Massachusetts Lobsterman’s Association|
|Mike Pierdinock||CPF Charters "Perseverance" & Recreational Fishing Alliance|
|Ed Anthes-Washburn||Port of New Bedford|
|Ed LeBlanc||U.S. Coast Guard|
|Tom Nies||New England Fisheries Management Council|
|Chris Kellogg||New England Fisheries Management Council|
|David Pierce||Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries|
|Kathyrn Ford||Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries|
|Chris Boelke||NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Sue Tuxbury||NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Bruce Carlisle||Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management|
|Bill White||Massachusetts Clean Energy Center|
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.
The next meeting of the Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy has not been scheduled.
Past meetings of the Fisheries Working Group have included the following dates, and agendas (if available).
May 17, 2017 - agenda
June 28, 2016 - agenda
March 9, 2016 – agenda
November 2, 2015 – agenda
April 30, 2015 – agenda
June 24, 2014 – agenda
November 14, 2012
February 13, 2012
September 20, 2011
June 10, 2011
May 2, 2011
April 12, 2011