Incidental Take Authorization: Vineyard Wind LLC Marine Site Characterization Surveys off of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York

Summary

NOAA Fisheries has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to Vineyard Wind, LLC (Vineyard Wind) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during marine site characterization surveys off the coast of Massachusetts in the areas of the Commercial Lease of Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS-A 0501 and OCS-A 0522) and along potential submarine cable routes to a landfall location in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York.

Potential HRG survey area.PNG

Potential high resolution geophysical (HRG) survey area. HRG surveys are proposed to take place within the boundaries shown. The area denoted in pink on the map illustrates an area where HRG survey activities will be restricted to periods of lower North Atlantic right whale (NARW) presence, i.e., August and September (Nichols et al. 2008).

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 05/05/2020