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mariners and fisheries

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Mariners and Fisheries

We are committed to coexistence with commercial and recreational stakeholders and aim to proactively avoid or minimize impacts on fishing throughout all phases of the project life-cycle. Consultations with fishermen from Massachusetts to New Jersey are ongoing to receive their valuable feedback.

We are working with a number of organizations as Fisheries Representatives to help respond to questions and concerns and to disseminate project updates news and information. Our Fisheries Representatives are third-party agents with extensive fishing experience and industry relationships.

Fisheries Contacts

Elizabeth Ann Marchetti hails from Long Island, New York and has been actively and passionately working with the commercial and recreational fishing communities for over twenty years, both as a field scientist and fisherman. Immediately after graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, she began working for the Ocean Technology Foundation as a field scientist for the Lobster Restoration project in response to the North Cape Oil spill in 1996. Ms. Marchetti then landed a position as a Point Judith NOAA Port Agent. Elizabeth assisted and supported the fishing industry with their inquiries as well as collected biological samples such as otoliths and vertebrae daily for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. From there she began working as a field scientist within NOAA’s Cooperative Research Branch, working with fishermen for technical support with electronic vessel trip reporting as well as conducting at sea biosampling upon commercial fishing vessels.

In 2015, Ms. Marchetti was selected to become the Block Island Wind Farm Fisheries Liaison, working with the fishing industry, Deep Water Wind, National Grid and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council on the country’s first successful offshore wind farm. She has also served as an Offshore Fisheries Liaison Officer upon the R/V Ocean Researcher for the 2018 Empire Wind Geotechnical Survey.

Elizabeth is currently a member of the New England Fishery Management Council Habitat Committee Advisory Panel.

Fisheries General Information

Empire Wind Fisheries and Benthic Monitoring Plan Final Version

DRAFT Empire Wind Fisheries and Benthic Monitoring Plan (September 2022)

Equinor Wind US – Fisheries Communication Plan (August 2022)

Equinor Wind US – Fisheries Communication Plan (August 2021)

Equinor Wind – Fisheries mitigation plan (October 2019)

Equinor Wind – farm layouts consultations (September 2019)

Equinor Offshore Fisheries Liaison Representative Scope of Work

Equinor scout boat Scope of Work

Equinor Wind Survey Notices

Mariner Update – Geotechnical Operations (April 3, 2024)

Mariner update – Fisheries Monitoring Survey (March 26, 2024)

Mariner Update – MEC Survey (February 23, 2024)

Mariner Update- MEC Survey (January 24, 2024)

Survey Update (January 16, 2024)

Continuing Offshore Underwater Survey for Munitions and Explosives of Concern (December 12, 2023)

Special Update: Advancing Marine Research and Protection (November 3, 2024)

Acoustic Telemetry Monitoring (October 2023)

Munitions and Explosives’ of Concern Survey (June 2023)

Wreck Diving Survey (September 2022)

Survey Update – June Geotechnical Survey (May 2022)

Survey Update – Long Beach, Hempstead and Island Park (March 2022)

Survey Update – Long Beach, Hempstead and Island Park (December 2021)

Survey Update – (August 2021)

Survey Update (May 2021)

Survey Update (April 2021)

Survey Update (January 2021)

Survey Update (October 2020)

Survey Update (June 2020)

Buoy update (September 2019)

Survey Update (July 2019)

Survey Update (June 2019)

Survey Update (November 2018)

Survey Update (February 2018)

Equinor HRG Survey Plan (February 2018)

AIS vessel activity around and within the project area. Toggle between menu parameters for varying data.

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