Maine Fishermen’s Forum Wind Energy Seminar

Agenda for Thursday March 5


10:00 am – 10:15 am —Introduction and agenda


10:15 am – 11:30 am: Fisheries and Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Maine 


·         Renewable energy goals:

o   What are our overall regional energy needs?

o   Maine’s (and New England’s) renewable energy goals.

o   Gulf of Maine wind resource, vs. land-based wind or other renewables.

o   Overview of current development status (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

task force, Maine Offshore Wind Initiative).

·         Fisheries and wind co-existence:

o   Overview of fishery issues

o   New England Fishery Management Council’s role, perspective, and participation

·         Floating technologies  :

o   Construction.

o   Siting—installation, space occupied, mooring systems, fixed vs. floating turbines.

o   Cabling—likely points of landfall, dredging/routing issues, potential “backbones.”

·         15-minute Q&A



11:30 am – 11:45 am —Break



11:45 am – 1:00 pm: What is coming and where can the fishing industry engage?


·         What’s happening in Maine related to offshore wind?

o   Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Task Force:

§  Identifying the best ocean sites for wind energy platforms.

§  Coordination among states.

o   Maine’s Aqua Ventus project: status update, future plans.

·         Permitting for Offshore Wind – State and federal:

o   Federal BOEM process:

§  How NMFS is engaged in consultation.

o   State Process:

§  State vs. federal waters:

·         Aqua Ventus/Maine process, and how it differs from federal process.

·         Cable routes from sea to shore - into Maine, or not into Maine.

·         Progression of wind energy development in southern New England and the mid-Atlantic:

o   What is the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance?

o   What is happening in offshore wind to the south.

o    Impacts and concerns of fishermen in those regions.

·         Role of Fisheries Liaisons.

·         15-minute Q&A


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: What can we learn from experiences in other areas? 


·         Several panelists will speak of their experience with wind energy projects and firms.  They’ll

relate the most important lessons, from a fisheries perspective, in how to engage in the

development process.

·         The last hour of this session will be a moderated Q&A for the audience to ask questions

of any of the entire day’s seminar’s panelists.