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Environmental Science Services, Inc. 888 Worcester Street, Suite 240 Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482 781-431-0500; fax 781-431-7434. Scope and Methodology of Marine Resource Studies for the Cape Wind Energy Project. with support from: Battelle 397 Washington St. Duxbury, MA 02332

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Scope and methodology of marine resource studies for the cape wind energy project

Environmental Science Services, Inc.

888 Worcester Street, Suite 240

Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482

781-431-0500; fax 781-431-7434

Scope and Methodology of Marine Resource Studies for the Cape Wind Energy Project

with support from:

Battelle

397 Washington St.

Duxbury, MA 02332

781-952-0571; fax 781-952-5369


Marine resources
Marine Resources

  • Benthic Resources

  • Finfish Resources and Habitat (including EFH)

  • Commercial Fisheries

  • Recreational Fisheries

  • Protected Marine Species

    • Whales

    • Turtles

    • Other Marine Mammals


Benthic studies
Benthic Studies

  • Literature review performed

  • Field sampling conducted in 2001 and 2002

  • Developed field sampling protocol in consultation with USACE and EPA

  • Field studies designed to address whether the benthic community differs with respect to:

    • The 3 alternative sites

    • Water depth

    • Sediment types

    • Sand waves

    • 2001 and 2002 (Horseshoe Shoal only)




Finfish resources and habitat studies
Finfish Resources and Habitat Studies

Sources of Information:

  • Extensive literature review

  • MA DMF Research Trawl Data from Nantucket Sound (including 3 Alternative Sites)

    • Spring and fall trawl surveys

    • Evaluated data collected from 1990–2001

    • Results and trends will be analyzed by year, season, species composition, site, species abundance

  • Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) resources




Efh in nantucket sound alternative sites 1 2 and 3
EFH in Nantucket Sound Alternative Sites 1, 2, and 3


Efh assessment will include
EFH Assessment will include:

  • Description of the Affected Environment of Nantucket Sound (Physical and Biological)

  • Life History Characteristics of EFH Species

  • Likelihood of Occurrence Analysis

  • Analysis of Effects (Direct, Indirect, Cumulative)

    • Construction

    • Operation

    • Maintenance

    • Decommissioning

  • Management Alternatives for the Proposed Action


Commercial fisheries
Commercial Fisheries

NMFS Commercial Fishery Data

  • Commercial landings data - 1990 – 2001

    • 1990-1993: “Weigh-Out” Data (Voluntary)

    • 1994-2001: Vessel Trip Report Data (Mandatory)

  • Nantucket Sound in statistical area 538 /sub area 075

    • 1990-1993 data reported for Area 538

    • 1994-2001 data reported for Sub Area 075

  • Results/trends will be analyzed by:

    • year – pounds/species

    • species – gear type




Commercial fisheries1
Commercial Fisheries

MA DMF Commercial Fishery Data

  • Commercial landings data: 1990-2000

  • MA DMF Statistical Reporting Area 10

  • MA DMF reports commercial data by fishery

    • gillnet – striped bass – lobster

    • fish weir – fish pot – shellfish

  • Results/trends will be analyzed by:

    • year – season

    • species – pounds/species



Recreational fisheries
Recreational Fisheries

NMFS Recreational Data

  • Recreational data from 1990-2001 for Dukes, Barnstable, and Nantucket counties

  • Data reported in 2-month intervals (waves):

    • W1: Jan/Feb – W3: May/June – W5: Sept/Oct

    • W2: Mar/Apr – W4: July/Aug – W6: Nov/Dec

  • Data evaluated:

    • fishing effort by mode – no. of fish reported

    • fishing effort by hrs fished – no. of fish observed

    • type of gear – sps. of fish observed


Recreational fisheries1
Recreational Fisheries

Recreational Intercept Survey

  • Purpose: Collect data on recreational fishing effort and abundance of recreational fish species in Nantucket Sound area and in 3 alternative sites.

  • Developed protocol in consultation with NMFS; used methods/approach in NMFS Survey (MRFSS)

  • Telephone survey

  • Targeted charter boat/party boat captains onCape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard


Protected marine species
Protected Marine Species

  • End/Thr Sea Turtles:

  • Kemp’s ridley

  • Leatherback

  • Loggerhead

Endangered Whales:

  • Right whale

  • Humpback whale

  • Fin whale

  • Seals (per MEPA request):

  • Harbor Seal

  • Gray Seal (state special concern species)


Marine biological assessment will include
Marine Biological Assessment will include:

  • Protected Species Regulations

  • Description of the Affected Environment of Nantucket Sound (Physical and Biological)

  • Analysis of Population Status/Trends, Food/Feeding Behaviors, Seasonal Distribution, and Known Mortality Factors/Threats for Listed Species

  • Analysis of Effects (Direct, Indirect, Cumulative)

    • Construction

    • Operation

    • Maintenance

    • Decommissioning

  • Management Alternatives for the Proposed Action


Contact information
Contact Information

Susan M. Herz

Environmental Science Services, Inc.

888 Worcester Street, Suite 240

Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482

(781) 489-1132 – phone

(781) 431-7434 – fax

[email protected] - email


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