New York State and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) are seeking feedback on a set of transit corridor options developed over the last several months. Please answer the survey questions below.
NYSERDA, NYSDEC, and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) have been seeking feedback related to fishing transit throughout the New York Bight since winter 2019.
- From February to March 2019, New York State and RODA distributed surveys to commercial fishermen to understand where they transit in the New York Bight. Forty-three surveys representing more than 150 fishermen were collected and the lanes were plotted together on a map.
- On March 27, New York State and RODA co-sponsored a transit workshop to discuss these issues. A summary is available at: (https://nyfisheriestwg.ene.com/Resources/TransitWorkshop).
- In the summer of 2019, York State and RODA took input from the Fisheries Technical Working Group on how to proceed. The map attached seeks to consolidate the range of input receive into a number of plausible transit corridors through areas BOEM may designate as wind energy areas (marked in dark and light green).
The following are out assumptions.
- This effort in obtaining feedback is NOT an endorsement of any particular wind energy area generally or specific lease areas. Rather, it is an effort to identify potential transit corridors given the BOEM-identified areas to date.
- The corridors are focused solely on transit through possible wind energy lease areas by commercial fishermen. These corridors do not seek to address other marine transportation.
- This effort is focused solely on transit for commercial fishermen and their ports. It does not speak to the shape, location, or desirability of lease areas regarding actual fishing.
- We are not addressing widths specifically in this effort as the Coast Guard works this issue, but rather direction and approximate location of possible corridors. The drawn transit corridors are not intended to be specific GIS coordinates nor precise widths.
At the March workshop, participants identified the following principles to guide transit corridor identification.
- Transit corridors should seek to minimize the economic impacts to the fishing industry
- Corridors should be of sufficient width to address a variety of fishing vessel sizes and types, and address safety concerns regarding depths, storms, congestion and other safety factors.
- Corridors should avoid intersections of transit corridors within lease areas, wherever possible, and avoid transit corridors entering perpendicular into major TSS shipping corridors due to potential collision risks.
- Transit corridors need to be established early and be enforceable
- Transit corridors should ensure economic opportunity for port communities
- The process for determining corridors should be broadly inclusive of the commercial fishing industry
- Transit corridors should seek to minimize economic impacts on offshore wind development
- Decisions should be data-informed and include risk analysis
- Transit corridors should no constrain the states in their ability to meet their energy goals and mandates
- Corridors should minimize wildlife impacts
- Corridors should minimize fishing conflicts
All responses will be aggregated by CBI and only summary data by fishery and port will be reported to New York State and the public. Individual survey responses will be kept confidential by CBI and its technical partner for GIS purposes, Ecology and Environment.
Disclaimer on Map
Transit lines are for discussion purposes only and not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement.