Mariners and fisheries
We’re proud to support the fishing industry. Beacon Wind contracts with scout boats like the Rayda Cheramie to help with locating fishing gear during survey activities. Beacon wind is able to draw upon these fishermen’s expertise to support safe survey activities, which help to inform the responsible development of offshore wind.
We are committed to coexistence with commercial and recreational stakeholders and aim to proactively avoid or minimize impacts on fishing throughout all phases of the project life-cycle. Consultations with fishermen from Massachusetts to New Jersey are ongoing to receive their valuable feedback.
Elizabeth Ann Marchetti hails from Long Island, New York and has been actively and passionately working with the commercial and recreational fishing communities for over twenty years, both as a field scientist and fisherman. Immediately after graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, she began working for the Ocean Technology Foundation as a field scientist for the Lobster Restoration project in response to the North Cape Oil spill in 1996. Ms. Marchetti then landed a position as a Point Judith NOAA Port Agent. Elizabeth assisted and supported the fishing industry with their inquiries as well as collected biological samples such as otoliths and vertebrae daily for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. From there she began working as a field scientist within NOAA’s Cooperative Research Branch, working with fishermen for technical support with electronic vessel trip reporting as well as conducting at sea biosampling upon commercial fishing vessels.
In 2015, Ms. Marchetti was selected to become the Block Island Wind Farm Fisheries Liaison, working with the fishing industry, Deep Water Wind, National Grid and the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council on the country’s first successful offshore wind farm. She has also served as an Offshore Fisheries Liaison Officer upon the R/V Ocean Researcher for the 2018 Empire Wind Geotechnical Survey.
Elizabeth is currently a member of the New England Fishery Management Council Habitat Committee Advisory Panel.
EJ Marohn is a retired Coast Guard Captain with 27 years of service on the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast, and the Great Lakes. Over the course of eleven at-sea and shore assignments, he gained extensive experience in domestic and international fisheries management, maritime law enforcement, waterways management, search and rescue, and port state control. He has served as the Coast Guard representative on the New England Fishery Management Council and the Stellwagen Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, the Coast Guard liaison to NOAA Fisheries, and a member of the US delegation to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization.
EJ is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy and has a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. EJ is assigned to Equinor’s Boston office, and lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts.