[MARMAM] Proposed Rule for the Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to the Construction of the Ocean Wind 1 Offshore Wind Facility off New Jersey

Kelsey Potlock - NOAA Federal kelsey.potlock at noaa.gov
Tue Oct 25 07:26:09 PDT 2022

NOAA Fisheries has received a request for five-year Incidental Take
Regulations and an associated Letter of Authorization from Ocean Wind, LLC,
a subsidiary of Orsted Wind Power North America, LLC’s and a joint venture
partner of the Public Service Enterprise Group Renewable Generation, LLC,
for the incidental take of small numbers of marine mammals during the
construction of the Ocean Wind 1 offshore wind energy facility in a
designated lease area on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS-A-0498) offshore
of New Jersey.

The requested regulations would govern the authorization of take, by both
Level A and Level B harassment, of small numbers of marine mammals over a
5-year period incidental to construction-related pile driving activities
(impact and vibratory), potential unexploded ordnances or munitions and
explosives of concern (UXOs/MECs) detonation, and high-resolution
geophysical (HRG) site characterization surveys conducted by Ocean Wind in
Federal and State waters off of New Jersey. These regulations propose to
authorize the take of individuals by Level B harassment and, for some
species, by Level A harassment incidental to the construction activities
previously described. No mortality or serious injury is expected or
proposed to be authorized. NOAA Fisheries’ proposed regulations would
require mitigation measures that are expected to reduce adverse impacts to
marine mammals, including operational measures that reduce the likelihood
of injury and time/area limitations that reduce the probability and
severity of behavioral disturbance in areas where marine mammals conduct
important behaviors or where sensitive species congregate. Required
monitoring and reporting will increase our understanding of the impacts of
the activity on marine mammals. The proposed rule can be accessed at the
following link and will have a 30 day public comment period, starting on
October 26, 2022 and ending November 25, 2022:

Please visit
more information on NOAA Fisheries’ incidental take program under the MMPA.

Thank you,


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*Kelsey Potlock, Marine Resources Management Specialist **(she/her/hers)*
Permits and Conservation Division
Office of Protected Resources
NOAA Fisheries | U.S. Department of Commerce

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