[MARMAM] Final Incidental Take Regulations for the Revolution Wind Project, Offshore Rhode Island

Kelsey Potlock - NOAA Federal kelsey.potlock at noaa.gov
Thu Oct 19 07:08:28 PDT 2023


Dear Colleagues,

On Thursday, October 19, 2023, NOAA Fisheries will publish the final
incidental take regulations related to Revolution Wind’s Revolution Wind
Project
<https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/revolution-wind>.
The effective dates for these regulations are November 20, 2023 through
November 19, 2028. The project would be located offshore Rhode Island
within the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Wind Energy Area. Under power
purchase agreements, the project would deliver an estimated 704 megawatts
of clean energy to Rhode Island.

Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, these regulations will govern
the “take” of small numbers of marine mammals exposed to elevated
underwater noise generated by the project’s activities over a five-year
period. NOAA Fisheries has determined the take authorized in a Letter of
Authorization will have a negligible impact on all affected marine mammal
species and stocks. No take by mortality, serious injury, or non-auditory
injury is anticipated to occur nor is it authorized. The final regulations
include mandatory mitigation measures undertaken by the wind developer that
ensure the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammals and their
habitat, as well monitoring and reporting measures to better understand
those impacts. Impacts to a small number of North Atlantic right whales are
expected to be limited to short-term behavioral disturbance (Level B
harassment).

Documents associated with this final action will be available on our website
<https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/incidental-take-authorization-revolution-wind-llc-construction-revolution-wind-energy>
tomorrow.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to careful review and use of the best available
scientific information in satisfying the requirements of the Marine Mammal
Protection Act.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Kelsey

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

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