Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

Volume 33 | Number 4 | December 2020

Special Issue on Understanding the Effects of Offshore Wind Energy Development on Fisheries

On the Cover: Constructed in 2015–2016, Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island was the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States. It provided an opportunity to begin to understand the potential effects of such development on coastal resources in the US Atlantic, a focus of several articles in this special issue. Photo credit: Ørsted
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FROM THE GUEST EDITORS • Introduction to the Special Issue on Understanding the Effects of Offshore Wind Development on Fisheries
Twigg, E., S. Roberts, and E. Hofmann. 2020. Introduction to the special issue on understanding the effects of offshore wind development on fisheries. Oceanography 33(4):13–15, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.401.

Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast US Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem: Ecological, Human, and Fishery Management Dimensions
Methratta, E.T., A. Hawkins, B.R. Hooker, A. Lipsky, and J.A. Hare. 2020. Offshore wind development in the Northeast US Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem: Ecological, human, and fishery management dimensions. Oceanography 33(4):16–27, https://doi.org/​10.5670/oceanog.2020.402.

Considerations for Offshore Wind Energy Development Effects on Fish and Fisheries in the United States: A Review of Existing Studies, New Efforts, and Opportunities for Innovation
Perry, R.L., and W.D. Heyman. 2020. Considerations for offshore wind energy development effects on fish and fisheries in the United States: A review of existing studies, new efforts, and opportunities for innovation. Oceanography 33(4):28–37, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.403.

Offshore Wind Projects and Fisheries: Conflict and Engagement in the United Kingdom and the United States
Haggett, C., T. ten Brink, A. Russell, M. Roach, J. Firestone, T. Dalton, and B.J. McCay. 2020. Offshore wind projects and fisheries: Conflict and engagement in the United Kingdom and the United States. Oceanography 33(4):38–47, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.404.

Offshore Wind Farm Artificial Reefs Affect Ecosystem Structure and Functioning: A Synthesis
Degraer, S., D.A. Carey, J.W.P. Coolen, Z.L. Hutchison, F. Kerckhof, B. Rumes, and J. Vanaverbeke. 2020. Offshore wind farm artificial reefs affect ecosystem structure and functioning: A synthesis. Oceanography 33(4):48–57, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.405.

Offshore Wind Energy and Benthic Habitat Changes: Lessons from Block Island Wind Farm
Hutchison, Z.L., M. LaFrance Bartley, S. Degraer, P. English, A. Khan, J. Livermore, B. Rumes, and J.W. King. 2020. Offshore wind energy and benthic habitat changes: Lessons from Block Island Wind Farm. Oceanography 33(4):58–69, https://doi.org/​10.5670/oceanog.2020.406.

Effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on Coastal Resources: Lessons Learned
Carey, D.A., D.H. Wilber, L.B. Read, M.L. Guarinello, M. Griffin, and S. Sabo. 2020. Effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on coastal resources: Lessons learned. Oceanography 33(4):70–81, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.407.

Acoustic Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Fishery Resources: An Evolving Source and Varied Effects Across a Wind Farm’s Lifetime
Mooney, T.A., M.H. Andersson, and J. Stanley. 2020. Acoustic impacts of offshore wind energy on fishery resources: An evolving source and varied effects across a wind farm’s lifetime. Oceanography 33(4):82–95, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.408.

The Interaction Between Resource Species and Electromagnetic Fields Associated with Electricity Production by Offshore Wind Farms
Hutchison, Z.L., D.H. Secor, and A.B. Gill. 2020. The interaction between resource species and electromagnetic fields associated with electricity production by offshore wind farms. Oceanography 33(4):96–107, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.409.

The Effects of Offshore Wind Farms on Hydrodynamics and Implications for Fishes
van Berkel, J., H. Burchard, A. Christensen, L.O. Mortensen, O. Svenstrup Petersen, and F. Thomsen. 2020. The effects of offshore wind farms on hydrodynamics and implications for fishes. Oceanography 33(4):108–117, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.410.

Setting the Context for Offshore Wind Development Effects on Fish and Fisheries
Gill, A.B., S. Degraer, A. Lipsky, N. Mavraki, E. Methratta, and R. Brabant. 2020. Setting the context for offshore wind development effects on fish and fisheries. Oceanography 33(4):118–127, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.411.


QUARTERDECK • A Decade of Career Profiles: Recommendations for Job-Hunting
Kappel, E. 2020. A decade of career profiles: Recommendations for job-hunting. Oceanography 33(4):5–6, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.412.

FROM THE PRESIDENT • Looking Back into the Future: Ocean Sciences Post 2030
Visbeck, M. 2020. Looking back into the future: Ocean sciences post 2030. Oceanography 33(4):7–8, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.413.

COMMENTARY • Fostering Global Science Networks in a Post-COVID-19 World
Hobday, A.J., C. Robinson, E.J. Murphy, A. Newton, M. Glaser, and S. Brodie. 2020. Fostering global science networks in a post-COVID-19 world. Oceanography 33(4):9–10, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.414.

RIPPLE MARKS • Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Forests Behind the Tide
Dybas, C.L. 2020. Lovely, dark, and deep: Forests behind the tide. Oceanography 33(4):11–12, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.415.

WORKSHOP REPORT • Leveraging Design Principles to Inform the Next Generation of NASA Earth Satellites
Scott, J.P., and E. Urquhart. 2020. Leveraging design principles to inform the next generation of NASA earth satellites. Oceanography 33(4):128–129, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.416.

THE OCEANOGRAPHY CLASSROOM • How to Teach Motivating and Hands-On Laboratory and Field Courses in a Virtual Setting
Glessmer, M.S. 2020. How to teach motivating and hands-on laboratory and field courses in a virtual setting. Oceanography 33(4):130–132, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2020.417.

Special Issue Guest Editors

Emily Twigg, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Susan Roberts, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Eileen Hofmann, Old Dominion University


Support for this special issue was provided by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technology Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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