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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)


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

Benthic Grab Locations and Sediment Types


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

Van Veen Grab Sampler


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


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

Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Grids


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

Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Grids

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2

4

3


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


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

NMFS Statistical Areas – Southern New England


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

NMFS Statistical Areas – RI, Cape Cod and Islands


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


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

MA DMF Statistical Reporting Areas


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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