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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 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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