NOAA Announces Final Incidental Take Regulations For New England Wind

HYANNIS – NOAA Fisheries has announced the final regulations to govern the incidental harassment of marine mammals related to the construction of the New England Wind project in offshore Massachusetts.

The developer, Avangrid Renewables, is being directed to minimize the adverse impact on the animals and their habitat.

NOAA expects a small number of North Atlantic right whales to experience short-term behavioral disturbance. However, no mortality or serious injury of any marine mammal species is anticipated.

Documents associated with this final action are available by clicking here.

New England Wind will be situated south of Martha’s Vineyard. Avangrid received federal approval earlier this year for 129 turbines, but the company says the field will be smaller with an expected output of nearly 2,000 megawatts, which could power up to one-million homes and businesses.

By Jim McCabe, NewsCenter

About Jim McCabe

Jim McCabe is a native of (suburban) Philadelphia who has lived in New England and covered Cape Cod news since 2016. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the Cape-based Seahawks Hockey Club .
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