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Offshore Wind, Fish, and Fisheries – Emerging Knowledge and Applications

Offshore Wind, Fish, and Fisheries – Emerging Knowledge and Applications

U.S. offshore wind development is expected to create 30 gigawatts of generation capacity by 2030, requiring more than 2,000 turbines. Commercial-scale offshore wind activity in U.S. waters includes 29 lease areas in the Atlantic, five in the Pacific, and one in the Gulf of Mexico, with four projects already connected to the grid, and several others currently under construction. Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Central Atlantic, Gulf of Maine, and Oregon are under consideration for potential leasing, with additional WEAs anticipated on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in future years. Feasibility for offshore wind development in the Great Lakes and Hawaii is also being evaluated. This symposium will broadly address interactions of offshore wind with fish and with commercial/recreational fisheries. The symposium will conclude with an open discussion, focused on knowledge sharing and lessons learned that can inform coexistence of offshore wind and fisheries as development advances on the U.S. OCS. We welcome abstract submissions from all relevant sectors.

Organizer: Brian Dresser, Tetra Tech, Inc., [email protected]

Co-organizers: Reneé Reilly, Ursula Howson, Morgan Brunbauer, Douglas Christel, Fiona Hogan, andy lipsky, Elizabeth Methratta, Angela Silva, Brendan Runde

Supported by: Tetra Tech, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NOAA Fisheries, Responsible Offshore Science Alliance, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, The Nature Conservancy

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