Information for Mariners

Keeping Mariners Informed

Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF)

Located approximately 3 miles south east of Block Island, Rhode Island, the Block Island Wind Farm consists of five, six megawatt offshore wind turbines, a submarine cable connecting the turbines, and a submarine cable from the northernmost turbine to an interconnection point on Block Island. The construction of the five turbines and the transmission cables was completed in 2016. The BIWF team has worked closely with mariners, including commercial and recreational fishing groups, to minimize impacts to the extent possible.

Visit BIWF’s Information for Mariners page for information on the latest marine activity.

Skipjack Wind Farm (SJWF)

The Skipjack Wind Farm (SJWF) is an offshore wind farm planned for federal waters off the coast of Delaware and Maryland. The SJWF will consist of wind turbines, an offshore substation, and subsea transmission system to shore. Marine survey activities are scheduled to begin in Summer 2018. Marine construction is planned to start in 2022.

Visit SJWF’s Information for Mariners page for information on the latest marine activity.

South Fork Wind Farm (SFWF)

The South Fork Wind Farm is a planned offshore wind farm located 30 miles east of Montauk that will consist of approximately 15 wind turbines and a subsea transmission system that will deliver energy to East Hampton, NY. Marine survey activities are currently underway. Marine construction is planned to start 2021.

Visit SFWF’s Information for Mariners page for information on the latest marine activity.

Revolution Wind

The Revolution Wind project is a planned offshore wind farm located 15 miles south of Rhode Island. Marine survey activities are currently underway.

Visit Revolution Wind’s Information for Mariners page for information on the latest marine activity.

Fishing Gear Conflict Prevention and Claim Procedure

As good neighbors and fellow ocean users, Deepwater Wind (DWW) recognizes the possibility of offshore wind activity and commercial fishing gear encounters. We believe that with proper communication and training, there will be limited gear interactions, if any, in connection with the installation and operation of our offshore wind farms. In the event that there is a gear loss caused by or resulting from DWW’s activities, we have provided a claim / damage procedure at the link below. The prevention procedures are by no means exhaustive and will continue to be modified and improved.

 

Request for Comments: Draft Demersal Fisheries Resource Survey

The South Fork Wind Farm (SFWF) is proposed in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Lease Area OCS A-0486 (Figure 1). Permit review for the SFWF is underway with offshore construction scheduled to begin in Spring 2021. Over the last three years, the SFWF team has spoken extensively with regional fishing organizations, working groups, and individual fisherman about their work in the project area as development of the wind farm has evolved. In addition, the SFWF team has consulted with several states (e.g., NY, CT, RI, and MA) and federal fisheries resource management agencies.

Based on feedback and data received to date, an approach to assess commercially and recreationally targeted demersal fish at the SFWF is needed. DWSF contracted INSPIRE Environmental, LLC. to draft this protocol for a Demersal Fisheries Resource Survey (Survey), which will provide data on:

1) Demersal species (susceptible to gillnets) that occur in and around the SFWF;

2) The seasonal timing of the occurrence of these species; and

3) Whether the taxonomic compositions of demersal fish assemblages change between the baseline and post-construction time periods, i.e., do some species have reduced abundance and/or new species appear?

This draft Survey protocol has been prepared for review by fishermen and state and federal resource management agencies. Comments on this draft Survey protocol must be submitted via email by December 14, 2018 to:

Melanie Gearon
South Fork Wind Farm
Manager, Permitting and Environmental Affairs
mgearon@dwwind.com

All comments will be considered. A final protocol will be published in a Request for Proposals (RFP) in the Winter of 2019 with the goal of starting the Survey in the Spring of 2019. Similar to the principles and practices for the Block Island Wind Farm, SFWF is committed to conducting scientific surveys and assessments that are collaborative with the fishing industry. SFWF will select for-hire gillnet fishing vessels from which the Survey will be conducted.

Read the draft survey.

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