USA - US to Conduct Fisheries Research to Guide Offshore Wind Development

Four US institutions have received USD 1.1 million in grants to conduct fisheries studies which will guide the ongoing development of the offshore wind industry in North America.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) (USD 496,688), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (USD 200,000), and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (USD 400,000) provided the funding for the research.

The first-in-the-nation studies will conduct research on recreational and commercial fisheries, seabed habitat, and comparable offshore wind policies in Europe.

The Grant Recipients

INSPIRE Environmental has received USD 443,450 to conduct a two-year acoustic tagging and tracking study of highly migratory species such as tuna and sharks at popular recreational fishing spots in the wind energy areas, in order to provide new baseline data on highly migratory species.

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