Talk Title: Offshore wind, fish, and fisheries in the Northeast U.S. Shelf Ecosystem
Talk Description: Offshore wind development is advancing rapidly in the U.S. and around the world as the demand for renewable energy continues to grow. In the northeast region of the U.S., there are multiple active offshore wind leases, while on the west coast, several other areas are under consideration for development. Offshore wind development can affect the biological, physical, and chemical environment of the ocean, and research on these topics is accelerating. These impacts to the ocean environment may have significant implications for fish, fisheries, coastal communities, scientific assessments, and fisheries management advice. This talk will explore potential interactions of each phase of offshore wind development (exploration, construction, operation, and decommissioning) on the marine ecosystem, highlight existing research on these topics, and examine potential ways to study these interactions. Understanding how wind development affects the ocean and its living marine resources is a step toward the co-existence of marine renewable energy and sustainable fisheries.