Fishing Report: Developer sets high bar for ocean wind farms

The science-based conclusions came one after another last week. The Block Island Wind Farm has had no remarkable adverse effects on the environment, fish, mammals, birds and people. Over 50 scientists presented their research findings at the Southern New England Offshore Wind Energy Science Forum held at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

I served on a social impacts panel and last month served as a panelist at the ‘Offshore Renewable Energy Development and Fisheries’ workshop at UMass Dartmouth. The URI Science Form was sponsored by Deepwater Wind, who developed the Block Island Wind Farm (the first ocean wind farm in the nation) and the UMass workshop was organized by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on behalf of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to garner input on what types of fisheries research might be needed to plan future wind farm projects.

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