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Announcements:

NYSERDA has issued its first Request for Proposals (RFP) for offshore wind energy to help accelerate progress toward New York State’s goal of developing 2400 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2020.
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released draft Wind Energy Areas for the New York Bight.
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Upcoming Events:

November 28, 2018 - BOEM New York Bight Intergovernmental Task Force meeting, New York, NY.

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New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan. A comprehensive plan developed to encourage the development of offshore wind energy in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues while addressing market barriers and aiming to lower costs. The Fish and Fisheries Study is included as Appendix J.

New York State Public Service Commission’s Order establishing the Offshore Wind Standard. The Public Service Commission issued an Order directing NYSERDA, in consultation with NYPA and LIPA, to procure approximately 800 MW of offshore wind between 2018 and 2019 (PSC Case 18-E-0071).

New York State Ocean Action Plan 2017-2027. The OAP is a coordinated and inclusive effort focused on improving the health of our ocean ecosystems and their capacity to provide sustainable benefits to New Yorkers. Through a ten-year, sixty-one point action plan, the goal of the OAP is to achieve better-managed and healthier ocean ecosystems that will benefit people, communities, and the natural world.

Offshore Atlantic Ocean Study. A two-year study conducted by the New York State Department of State that provides physical, biological, geographic, and socioeconomic data available for New York State offshore waters.

Normandeau Associates, Inc. and APEM, Inc. Marine Wildlife Aerial Surveys. Ongoing aerial surveys using high-resolution digital photography to create a baseline of marine wildlife observations to provide information on distribution and use patterns of marine wildlife offshore New York State.

Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils Offshore Wind in the Northeast Region. The MAFMC and NEFMC, working with NOAA Fisheries, have collaboratively developed a wind page to link to information and resources that may be relevant to wind planning discussions. The page also provides information related to the Councils' involvement in, and comments on, wind energy development activities, as well as resources for its stakeholders.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Renewable Energy. Main page for BOEM’s renewable energy, including links to renewable energy research supported by BOEM, stakeholder engagement activities, and activities in each state.

BOEM Environmental Studies Program. Ongoing programs and studies that are developing, funding, and managing research to inform policy decisions regarding energy and mineral resource development on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Massachusetts Offshore Wind. The State of Massachusetts’ offshore wind webpage.

Responsible Offshore Development Alliance The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) is a broad membership-based coalition of fishing industry associations and fishing companies with an interest in improving the compatibility of new offshore development with their businesses.

New York Commercial Fisherman Ocean Use Mapping Study. Identification of key fishing areas collected for the DOS through collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program and New York commercial and for-hire fishers.

Socioeconomic Impact of Outer Continental Shelf Wind Energy Development on Fisheries in the U.S. Atlantic Study. A study assessing the potential impacts of wind energy development on fisheries in U.S. Atlantic waters.

Greater Atlantic Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Program. NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement collects and maintains VMS data. The Office of Law Enforcement uses a satellite surveillance system to monitor the location and movement of commercial fishing vessels in the waters of certain federally managed fisheries.

Greater Atlantic Vessel Trip Report (VTR) Data. Vessels carrying permits from NOAA Fisheries GARFO are required to submit a VTR for every fishing trip to provide information on when and where catch occurred. VTR data may reflect a general representation of where vessels may be fishing within a given chart area, compared to more continuous monitoring methods such as VMS.

NEFSC Research Set-Aside Programs. Programs created to fund research aimed at improving fishery management decisions and stock assessments.

MARCO Data Portal. Synthesized spatial maps of human use of the Mid-Atlantic region from existing data products.

Northeast Ocean Data Portal. Peer-reviewed regional maps and data used to support proper ocean development and planning off the northeast coast of the United States.

Marine Cadastre. An interactive website that provides data, tools, and technical support with regards to ocean and Great Lakes renewable energy development.

Councils and Commissions Conducting Ongoing Research.
Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office
Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
New England Fishery Management Council