U.S. offshore wind development is expected to create 30 gigawatts of generation capacity by 2030, requiring more than 2,000 turbines on fixed or floating foundations. Commercial-scale leasing activity in U.S. waters has included 23 lease areas in the Atlantic and five in the Pacific, with two projects currently under construction. Lease areas are expected to be auctioned in the Gulf of Mexico by 2024, with additional Wind Energy Areas to be established throughout the U.S. in future years. Feasibility for offshore wind development in the Great Lakes is also underway. This symposium will broadly address interactions of offshore wind with fish, and commercial/recreational fisheries. Presentations may address but are not limited to: emerging ecological and socioeconomic research, oceanographic and meteorological interactions, innovative methods for assessment, scale considerations, current regulatory processes, cooperative research, management practices, empirical studies, laboratory investigations, modeling, monitoring design, human dimensions, or survey recommendations. Of particular interest is lessons learned that can inform coexistence of wind and fisheries.

Supported by:

  • Tetra Tech
  • BOEM
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • ROSA
  • RODA
  • National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium
  • The Nature Conservancy


  • Brian Dresser, Tetra Tech, Inc., [email protected]
  • Mike Pol, Responsible Offshore Science Alliance
  • Ursula Howson, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Morgan Brunbauer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Douglas Christel, National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Fiona Hogan, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance
  • Andrew Lipsky, National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Elizabeth Methratta, NOAA NMFS NEFSC
  • Lisa Pfeiffer, National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Angela Silva, National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Sam Guffey, Tetra Tech
  • Lyndie Hice-Dunton, National Offshore Wind Research & Development Consortium
  • Brendan Runde, The Nature Conservancy