Protecting Fish and Fisheries

Protecting Fish and Fisheries

Building off existing guidelines and stakeholder experiences, New York State’s EnvironmentalLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and Commercial and Recreational Fishing Technical Working GroupsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. are developing best management practices to minimize risks to fish and fisheries and maximize the benefits of offshore wind energy to New Yorkers. The practices being explored include:

  • Conducting stakeholder engagement and communication techniques and practices
  • Appointing and working with a Fishing Liaison to support effective communications
  • Using collaborative monitoring models to develop trusted baseline data
  • Conducting appropriate planning exercises, analysis, site assessment, and site characterizations
  • Developing and implementing safety procedures
  • Consulting with fishing industry early in the process and during all phases of development, including decommissioning to support site design and operations
  • Using construction techniques, such as:
    • Appropriate cable burial depths
    • Scour protection
    • Consideration of distance between turbines
    • Implementation of measures to reduce/minimize sedimentation, turbidity, and noise
    • Proper electrical shielding on cables
    • Use of dynamic-positioning vessels and jet plow embedment
    • Construction activity windows
  • Using operation techniques, such as:
    • Effective environmental surveys to assess change
    • Ecosystem and habitat enhancements