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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Volume 33 Issue 4

Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast US Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem: Ecological, Human, and Fishery Management Dimensions
By Elizabeth T. Methratta, Anne Hawkins, Brian R. Hooker, Andrew Lipsky, and Jonathan A. Hare

Offshore Wind Projects and Fisheries: Conflict and Engagement in the United Kingdom and the United States
By Claire Haggett, Talya ten Brink, Aaron Russell, Michael Roach, Jeremy Firestone, Tracey Dalton, and Bonnie J. McCay

Offshore Wind Farm Artificial Reefs Affect Ecosystem Structure and Functioning: A Synthesis
By Steven Degraer, Drew A. Carey, Joop W.P. Coolen, Zoë L. Hutchison, Francis Kerckhof, Bob Rumes, and Jan Vanaverbeke

Offshore Wind Energy and Benthic Habitat Changes: Lessons from Block Island Wind Farm
By Zoë L. Hutchison, Monique LaFrance Bartley, Steven Degraer, Paul English, Anwar Khan, Julia Livermore, Bob Rumes, and John W. King

Effects of the Block Island Wind Farm on Coastal Resources: Lessons Learned
By Drew A. Carey, Dara H. Wilber, Lorraine B. Read, Marisa L. Guarinello, Matthew Griffin, and Steven Sabo

The Effects of Offshore Wind Farms on Hydrodynamics and Implications for Fishes
By Joshua van Berkel, Hans Burchard, Asbjørn Christensen, Lars O. Mortensen, Ole Svenstrup Petersen, and Frank Thomsen

Setting the Context for Offshore Wind Development Effects on Fish and Fisheries
By Andrew B. Gill, Steven Degraer, Andrew Lipsky, Ninon Mavraki, Elizabeth Methratta, and Robin Brabant

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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