This website is intended to provide general information about the goals and status of the New York State Fisheries Technical Working Group. Additionally, it will offer access to resources related to offshore wind and fisheries and provide an avenue to provide comments on related issues.
What is the Fisheries
The Fisheries Technical Working Group (F-TWG) is a group of commercial and recreational fisheries representatives and offshore wind energy developers who provide guidance and advice on how to responsibly implement New York Stateâs efforts to advance offshore wind energy development. State and federal fisheries managers also are engaged in this group to provide technical experience and assist with coordination. Recognizing the complexity of the fishing industry in the New York Bight, F-TWG members come from a regional geography, with fishing community representatives from New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
The mission of the F-TWG is to provide guidance to help steer New York Stateâs efforts to advance offshore wind energy development in an environmentally responsible way. New York State has established the goal of 2,400 MW of installed offshore wind energy capacity by 2030. The F-TWG is intended to assist in the development of this offshore wind energy in a way that protects the stateâs and regionâs valuable fisheries and fishing communities.
- Enhance communication and coordination between the fishing community and offshore wind industry developers to encourage a two-way flow of information.
- Disseminate information regarding existing data, research, and information sources to fishing communities and the offshore wind energy industry.
- Support scientific and technical research to address issues related to offshore wind energy project planning, siting, construction, operation, monitoring, or related topics using F-TWG feedback to support research priorities and project scoping.
The F-TWG Framework is currently in review in draft form. Please check back in in fall 2018.