Industrial buildout of offshore wind energy arrays on the continental shelf is proceeding at breakneck speed, with insufficient environmental review or mitigation of impacts to fisheries. In the coming years, this unprecedented disturbance of ocean ecosystems is likely to have severe impacts on both the species living in these ecosystems and the fishing communities who have depended on them for centuries to provide seafood to the American public. MFP is diligently following offshore wind planning and permitting processes in the Gulf of Maine and Southern New England, and is a proud member of the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA).

MFP Statements and Resources on Offshore Wind:

MFP Comments to BOEM on Gulf of Maine Request for Information, October 3, 2022

Letter to BOEM on Use of FEK in the Gulf of Maine Offshore Wind Planning, October 3, 2022

MFP Fact Sheet for the Fleet on BOEM Gulf of Maine RFI, September 2022

MFP Comments to BOEM on Offshore Wind Mitigation for Fisheries, August 22, 2022

Southern New England commercial fishing industry response to Biden climate speech: Climate action must support ocean ecosystems and resource-dependent communities, July 22, 2022

Press Release: Offshore Wind and New England Fishermen in the Gulf of Maine, May 13, 2022

Conference Proceedings: Offshore Wind and New England Fishermen in the Gulf of Maine, May 13, 2022

External Links:

Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA)

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Gulf of Maine

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Massachusetts Activities

Massachusetts Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Wind Energy

Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA)