Best Management Practices for North Atlantic Right Whales During Offshore Wind Energy Construction and Operations Along the U.S. East Coast

March 05, 2019

Several organizations have endorsed the following Best Management Practices (“BMPs”) for the protection of the North Atlantic right whale during wind energy construction and operations of fixed foundation offshore wind projects off the U.S. East Coast. The BMPs are designed to: (i) reduce co-occurrence of development activities with this sensitive species; (ii) minimize and mitigate any impacts that do occur to the maximum extent practicable, including the prevention of any injury to right whales during construction; (iii) reduce risk of vessel collisions throughout the life of an offshore wind project; and (iv) ensure effective long-term monitoring of the health of marine life present at an offshore wind site to help guide the development of the American offshore wind industry. The measures are intended to ensure that we can advance offshore wind energy while conserving the health of this iconic whale species.