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

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.

Name Organization
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

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, 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

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