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The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. The Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security on various matters relating to the safe operation of commercial fishing industry vessels. Deadline for applications is July 29, 2019. View Full Announcement

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The F-TWG will focus on coordination, communication, and technical and scientific research to help inform and improve the interaction between recreational and commercial fishing communities and offshore wind energy development. These topics are generally identified by the fishing community, regulators, and offshore wind energy developers as a crucial need.

The linked publications below are guidelines and compilations of potential best management practices (BMPs) regarding ways to reduce potential risks to fish and fishery resources during development of offshore wind energy. These include regulatory guidance and BMP documents, reports on lessons learned from existing offshore wind energy projects, and recommendations from planning workshops and stakeholder engagement meetings.

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Guidelines to Improve Coordination and Communication


The below documents include recommendations for coordination and communication between the fishing industry and offshore wind developers to improve the exchange of information

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) 2015. Guidelines for Providing Information on Fisheries Social and Economic Conditions for Renewable Energy Development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Pursuant to 30 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 585.

BOEM 2013. Guidelines for Providing Information on Fisheries for Renewable Energy Development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Pursuant to 30 CFR Part 585.

Ecology and Environment 2014. Development of Mitigation Measures to Address Potential Use Conflicts between Commercial Wind Energy Lessees/Grantees and Commercial Fishermen on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf: Report on Best Management Practices and Mitigation Measures.

Fishing Liaison with Offshore Wind and Wet Renewables Group (FLOWW) 2014. Best Practice Guidance for Offshore Renewables Developments: Recommendations for Fisheries Liaison.

Fishing Liaison with Offshore Wind and Wet Renewables Group (FLOWW) 2015.FLOWW Best Practice Guidance for Offshore Renewables Developments: Recommendations for Fisheries Disruption Settlements and Community Funds.

Gray et al. 2016. Changes to fishing practices around the UK as a result of the development of offshore windfarms – Phase 1.

Lipsky et al. 2016. Addressing Interactions between Fisheries and Offshore Wind Development: The Block Island Wind Farm.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) 2014. Offshore Wind Best Management Practices Workshop.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) n.d. Council Policy on Wind Energy.

Moura et al. 2015. Options for Cooperation between Commercial Fishing and Offshore Wind Energy Industries: A Review of Relevant Tools and Best Practices.

Seafish 2012.Best Practice Guidance for Fishing Industry Financial and Economic Impact Assessments.

Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCZMP) 2015. Collaborative Fisheries Planning for Virginia’s Offshore Wind Energy Area.

Guidelines for Technical and Scientific Research


The below documents include recommendations for scientific and technical research to address issues related to offshore wind energy project planning, siting, construction, operation, monitoring, or related topics.

Ecology and Environment 2014. Development of Mitigation Measures to Address Potential Use Conflicts between Commercial Wind Energy Lessees/Grantees and Commercial Fishermen on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf: Report on Best Management Practices and Mitigation Measures.

Lipsky et al. 2016. Addressing Interactions between Fisheries and Offshore Wind Development: The Block Island Wind Farm.

McCann 2012. Developing Environmental Protocols and Modeling Tools to Support Ocean Renewable Energy and Stewardship.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) 2014. Offshore Wind Best Management Practices Workshop.

Moura et al. 2015. Options for Cooperation between Commercial Fishing and Offshore Wind Energy Industries: A Review of Relevant Tools and Best Practices.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2018. Atlantic Offshore Renewable Energy Development and Fisheries. Proceedings of a Workshop- in Brief.

Petruny-Parker et al. 2015. Identifying Information Needs and Approaches for Assessing Potential Impacts of Offshore Wind Farm Development on Fisheries Resources in the Northeast Region.

Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCZMP) 2015. Collaborative Fisheries Planning for Virginia’s Offshore Wind Energy Area.