Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy

Find information about the Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy administered by the the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
NEW: The next meeting of the Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy will be held on December 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. See the "Meetings" section below for agenda, which will be available soon.

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 (CEC) 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.

Name Organization
Eric Hansen Scallop Boat Endeavor & Fisheries Survival Fund
John Pappalardo
Seth Rolbein
Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance
Peter Anthony Eastern Fisheries & New Bedford Fisheries Council
Rodney Avila Commercial fisherman & New Bedford Fisheries Council
Fisheries Representative Deepwater Wind
Shelley Edmundson
Warren Doty
Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust
Patrick Paquette Basic Strategies
Beth Casoni Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association
Steve Welch Fisherman & South Shore Fisheries Task Force
Edward Welch E & J Scalloping Corp
Ron Smolowitz Researcher Coonamasett Farms & Fisheries Survival Fund
Jim Kendall New Bedford Seafood Consulting & Mass Fishermen’s Partnership
Fisheries Representative Vineyard Wind
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 Lobstermen’s Association
Mike Pierdinock CPF Charters "Perseverance" & Recreational Fishing Alliance
Dan Farnham Jr. Silver Dollar Seafood
Katie Almeida Town Dock Seafood
Dan Orchard Fishing Partnership
Bonnie Brady Long Island Commercial Fishing Association
John Williamson SeaKeeper
Fisheries Representative Bay State Wind
George Krikorian New Bedford Port Authority
Dan McKiernan
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Lisa Berry Engler Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Bruce Carlisle
Nils Bolgen
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Michele DesAutels U.S. Coast Guard
Andy Lipsky
Sue Tuxbury
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Tom Nies
Chris Kellogg
New England Fisheries Management Council


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

Next meeting

December 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Past meetings

September 29, 2023

June 23, 2023

March 31, 2023

January 20, 2023

October 14, 2022

May 24, 2022

March 2, 2022 

December 10, 2021

September 23, 2021

June 14, 2021

March 31, 2021

November 22, 2019

May 16, 2019

March 29, 2019

September 20, 2018

September 6, 2018

June 18, 2018

May 7, 2018

February 12, 2018

May 17, 2017

June 28, 2016

March 9, 2016

November 2, 2015

April 30, 2015

June 24, 2014

November 14, 2012

February 13, 2012

September 20, 2011

June 10, 2011

May 2, 2011

April 12, 2011

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