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|
|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
|Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust|
|Beth Casoni||Massachusetts Lobsterman’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 Lobsterman’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|
Fisheries Representative Bay State Wind
|Ed Anthes-Washburn||Port of New Bedford and Fisheries Representative|
|Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries|
|Lisa Berry Engler||Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management|
|Massachusetts Clean Energy Center|
|Ed LeBlanc||U.S. Coast Guard|
|NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service|
|New England Fisheries Management Council|
Meetings of the Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy are ad hoc, generally convened at certain benchmark points in the wind energy commercial leasing process.
The next meeting of the Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy will be held on November 22, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at SMAST East, 836 South Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford, MA. Stakeholders and interested parties are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Eva.Murray@mass.gov. Meeting agenda will be posted soon.
For reference, materials from the last working group meeting are available in this Dropbox.
Past meetings of the Fisheries Working Group have included the following dates, and agendas (if available).
May 16, 2019 - agenda (PDF, 91, KB)
March 29, 2019 - agenda (PDF, 78 KB)
September 20, 2018 - agenda (PDF, 192 KB)
September 6, 2018 - agenda (PDF, 193 KB)
June 18, 2018 - agenda (PDF, 44 KB)
May 7, 2018 - agenda (PDF, 85 KB)
February 12, 2018 - agenda (PDF, 78 KB)
May 17, 2017 - agenda (PDF, 78 KB)
June 28, 2016 - agenda (PDF, 93 KB)
March 9, 2016 – agenda (PDF, 80 KB)
November 2, 2015 – agenda (PDF, 62 KB)
April 30, 2015 – agenda (PDF, 105 KB)
June 24, 2014 – agenda (PDF, 112 KB)
November 14, 2012
February 13, 2012
September 20, 2011
June 10, 2011
May 2, 2011
April 12, 2011