Incidental Take Authorization: Ørsted Wind Power North America, LLC Site Characterization Survey off New York to Massachusetts


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status


NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Ørsted Wind Power North America, LLC, (Ørsted) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to high-resolution geophysical survey investigations associated with marine site characterization activities in coastal waters from New York to Massachusetts in the area of the Commercial Lease of Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These areas are currently being leased by the Applicant’s affiliates, Deepwater Wind New England, LLC and Bay State Wind, LLC, respectively, and are identified as OCS-A 0486/0517, OCS-A 0487, and OCS-A 0500 (collectively referred to as the Lease Area). Ørsted is also planning to conduct marine site characterization surveys along one or more potential submarine export cable routes (ECRs) originating from the Lease Area and landing along the shore at locations from New York to Massachusetts, between Raritan Bay (part of the New York Bight) to Falmouth, Massachusetts. 


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Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 09/10/2020