Clean energy company’s Fisheries Liaison renews in-person fisheries outreach in New York Bight in advance of offshore wind planning, starting with a trip to eastern Long Island fishing ports and launch of online fishing survey.
EnBW North America’s Fisheries Liaison, Beth Casoni, will travel to eastern Long Island fishing ports later this month to connect with commercial and recreational fishermen in New York and New Jersey. Beth will visit Greenport, Shinnecock, and Montauk fishing ports, the first trip of many planned in the region for 2021.
As part of the company’s preparation to participate in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s lease auction of New York Bight wind energy areas at the end of 2021 or early 2022, EnBW North America is seeking information from the fishing and maritime industries for their insights into fishing practices in the region and to start a dialogue about ways to positively co-exist in federal waters. EnBW encourages the US fishing industry to reach out to Beth with questions and insights and to also fill out a new online survey: www.enbw.us/fishingsurvey.
“It’s important fishermen share their experiences and raise their concerns with the offshore wind community and I’m here to ensure this happens clearly and efficiently,” said Beth Casoni. “I look forward to meeting with fishermen in Long Island this month and others along the East Coast throughout the year to bring this important feedback to EnBW North America as they look toward offshore wind development in the New York Bight.”
This outreach is part of EnBW’s greater commitment to fishing communities which prioritizes early, frequent, and transparent communication, utilizing the best science, putting safety first, and minimizing conflicts. For more information visit www.enbw.us/for-fishermen.
Beth will visit the following ports in Long Island*:
- Thursday, April 22: Greenport
- Friday, April 23: Shinnecock
- Saturday, April 24: Montauk
To meet with Beth, please call/text in advance: (508) 738-1245.
*EnBW puts health and safety of our team and our stakeholders first. Beth has received a Covid-19 vaccine and will also comply with all Covid safety protocols.
About Beth Casoni
Beth Casoni is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, the Bay State’s oldest and largest fishing industry organization. She also serves on the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team and several fisheries and seafood marketing boards, including the New England Marine Fisheries Herring and Habitat Advisory Panel and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Herring Advisory Panel. In addition, Beth has been actively participating in offshore wind planning discussions for more than a decade, starting with the Fisheries Working Group in Massachusetts.
About EnBW North America
EnBW North America partners with communities to establish renewable energy solutions that will deliver lasting economic and environmental benefits to help individuals, businesses, and governments achieve shared climate goals to improve public health and economic opportunity. EnBW North America, Inc. is the US subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, a fully integrated German utility and trusted infrastructure partner with a history of imagining and building a better energy future to meet local and national clean energy challenges. EnBW AG is leading the energy transition in Germany with nearly 1,000 MW of offshore wind in operation and a 6,000 MW pipeline of offshore wind under development worldwide. For more information, visit www.enbw.us.