Structured Habitat Survey
What is the relative abundance, distribution, and demographics of structure-associated species within the Study Area and at nearby control sites before, during, and after construction?
Descriptor: Our structured habitat survey will be conducted seasonally (Spring: April-May, Summer: July-August, Fall: October-November, Winter: January-February) for two years before, during, and after construction of the Ocean Wind 1 offshore windfarm. The objective of this survey is to evaluate the potential impacts of the windfarm construction on fisheries resources, with a particular emphasis on structure-associated species such as black sea bass and tautog. This survey will include three different gear types: Chevron fish traps, rod-and-reel, and both benthic and pelagic baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs). All trips are planned to occur in collaboration with Captain Kevin Wark aboard the F/VDana Christine II from Barnegat Light, NJ.
Surveying stations will include locations of where turbines will be constructed in the future (orange dots – #’s 1-15), locations of “phantom turbines” that will remain as sand habitat controls throughout the study (purple dots – #’s 16-30), and shipwrecks on the nearby Atlantic City artificial reefs as structured habitat controls (not shown on map)