Socioeconomic Impacts of Atlantic Offshore Wind Development

October 15, 2020

Reports summarizing previous fishing activity within each offshore wind lease or project area.

NOAA Fisheries developed reports summarizing previous fishing activity within each offshore wind lease or project area (for more information on individual offshore wind leases, see Bureau of Ocean Energy Management website).  These reports highlight annualized landings and revenue by species, gear type, and fishery management plan within each area as well as revenue by port and vessel dependence upon operations in each area. They can be used to help identify the major species harvested, fishery operations, and ports affected by offshore wind development in each area to help prepare fisheries monitoring plans and socioeconomic impact analysis.  

The summaries are based on combining data from vessel trip reports (logbooks) and dealer reports submitted by those issued a permit for managed species in federal waters (i.e., outside of three nautical miles from shore).  The methods used to determine area fished for each trip from logbook data are similar to those used to develop our Fishing Footprints page.

For more information about these reports or fisheries issues associated with offshore wind development, please contact Doug Christel.

Offshore wind lease and project areas on Atlantic
Current Offshore Wind Leases and Project Areas, Credit: BOEM

Lease or Project Area (Lease number)

Updated November 19, 2020

Massachusetts/Rhode Island 

New York

New Jersey




North Carolina

Data Download Website

This project is a joint effort of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Dr. Eric Thunberg, Dr. Geret DePiper, Dennis Corvi) and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (Douglas Christel, Benjamin Galuardi)

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 11/20/2020