We are committed to responsibly sharing the ocean with fisheries and mariner communities by maintaining open lines of communication. Leading Light Wind will provide periodic Mariner Updates to local ocean users ahead of survey work within our lease area (OSC-A 0542). These updates will detail upcoming survey activities, timelines, and vessel information. Visit the United States Coast Guard's Local Notices to Mariners (LNM) Home, for additional information on all ongoing ocean area activities in the New York Bight area. For any questions regarding Leading Light Wind’s survey activity, please contact our Fisheries Engagement Team. To sign up to receive Leading Light Wind’s Mariner Updates, please fill out the form below.
8 February 2024
Mariners are advised of the ongoing and upcoming surveys for the Leading Light Wind project. These surveys will be used to inform project design and establish baseline characterizations.
Protected Species Observers (PSOs) will be deployed onboard all survey vessels. The LLW Fisheries Team will provide fisheries briefings as appropriate to survey vessel crew and continue communications with the fishing community to help avoid and/or minimize the potential for interactions with fishing operations and/or gear. Scout vessels will be deployed as necessary. Survey and scout vessels can be hailed directly via VHF (CH 16) or by contacting the fisheries team.
Mariners transiting or fishing in the survey area are requested to give a wide berth to the survey vessels, which may have limited maneuverability while surveying. Mariners should operate in a manner that will not endanger themselves, the survey vessels, or its equipment; 0.5 NM clearance is requested.
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Leading Light Wind values the input of the fishing community and believes that the fishing industry and offshore wind energy development can mutually coexist and thrive. Our Fisheries Communication Plan outlines a robust engagement strategy aimed at providing the fishing community timely communication and information dissemination. Interactive participation from the fishing industry will help Leading Light Wind reduce user conflict, inform project design, gain a better understanding of fisheries interests, and help set an industry standard for the offshore wind industry.
Leading Light Wind is proud to announce that Sarah Hudak has joined the Invenergy Team as the Fisheries Liaison Officer in August 2022. The primary role of the Fisheries Liaison Officer is to facilitate productive communication between Leading Light Wind and the fishing community.
Sarah Hudak, as part of the Sea Risk Solutions Fisheries Liaison team, has been working to help foster coexistence between fishing communities and offshore wind development. Hudak’s experience includes 4+ years as a fisheries biologist aboard commercial fishing vessels in addition to her expertise in coastal and estuarine systems of the southeast Atlantic. Combining this experience with her abilities to establish and maintain positive working relations among diverse parties, she will help to facilitate effective two-way communications between the fishing community and offshore wind energy development that results in actionable feedback.
Ron Larsen joined Leading Light Wind’s Fisheries Communication Team in August 2022, providing support to the FLO and the Leading Light Wind Team. Ron is the Managing Partner of Sea Risk Solutions, LLC and has been helping to facilitate communications, coexistence, and partnerships between fishing communities and offshore wind development since 2019. Prior to that, he spent over 20 years in the subsea telecom cable industry managing all phases of project planning and installation, including stakeholder relations, marine surveys, permitting, and cable route engineering on a global scale. Earlier in his career, he helped establish the domestic fisheries observer program on the east coast of the United States, first as a fisheries observer and then supervising the program. Developing and maintaining relationships with fishers, industry leaders, fisheries scientists, and fisheries managers was an integral part of this position.