NEWARK, New Jersey – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Today, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC (Atlantic Shores) and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, announced the launch of a multi-phase modeling study in collaboration with the the surfclam. The aim of the study is to better understand how the mid-Atlantic wind farm developments expected over the next 30 years, as well as climate change, may influence the distribution and abundance of surfclams. The study will also examine the economics of surfclam fishing in the Atlantic Coast Concession Area and in the Great Mid-Atlantic Bay.
This study builds on Rutgers’ existing Spatially Explicit, Ecological, and Agent-Based Economic and Fishing Simulator (SEFES). Developed in partnership with the surfclam industry and fisheries managers, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), SEFES simulates the surfclam fishery in the Mid-Atlantic Bay . The simulator models the biology of the surf clam stock as well as the behavior of fishing captains and the fleet, federal management decisions, the economics of the fishery, the structure of the port and now, the development of wind farms.
The model is currently being used to address these interactions using current conditions. However, over the life of the planned wind facilities (approximately 3 decades), projected changes in ocean conditions may result in changes in the distribution of surfclam stocks that could alter these interactions.
The partnership with Atlantic Shores will increase SEFES’s ability to assess fisheries and wind development activities today to 30 years into the future. The model will not only be able to examine the changing conditions in Mid-Atlantic Bight, but it will also be used to run scenarios that take into account the presence of the portfolio of projects offered by Atlantic Shores in its rental area. The goal of Atlantic Shores is to better understand changes in surf clam habitat and abundance in its concession area and to better understand and mitigate the potential effects on the construction and construction surf clam industry. the operation of future projects proposed by Atlantic Shores.
“We look forward to seeing our model take this next step towards a ‘future casting’,” said Dr Daphne Munroe, Principal Investigator of the study and Associate Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. “The strength of our modeling approach lies in the information and advice generously provided to us by advisors, particularly the New Jersey Surfclam Fleet, who have extensive knowledge of the systems we are trying to simulate. ”
“We are proud to continue to build on our valuable partnership with Rutgers University as well as our collaboration with the commercial fishing industry. We appreciate the willingness of the surfclam industry to actively participate with us in this effort, ”said Jennifer Daniels, Director of Development at Atlantic Shores. “This study is the latest in our continued commitment to lead science by making our rental area available to researchers and mariners. It is through the application of tools like this simulator that we can responsibly develop our rental area and deliver renewable energy to New Jersey communities with minimized effects on the fishing industry.
About Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC:
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC is a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America. The joint venture formed in December 2018 to co-develop a 183,353 acre rental area located approximately 10-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Atlantic City and Barnegat Light. Atlantic Shores is strategically positioned to meet the growing demands of renewable energy targets in New York, New Jersey and beyond, with strong and stable wind resources near major population centers with associated demand for electricity. Our rental area, when fully developed, has the potential to generate over 3,000 MW (3 GW) of wind power and power nearly 1.5 million homes. The capital and expertise required to develop such a large territory are significant. Together, Shell and EDF Renewables have the investment capacity and industry experience to move this project forward in a safe, efficient and profitable manner. For more information: www.atlanticshoreswind.com