State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy
July 26-28, 2022
Compensatory Mitigation for Birds: Opening a Dialog Workshop
This workshop will be taking place at the venue from 1-2:30 pm on Tuesday, July 26th, free of charge and open to all workshop attendees with prior registration (deadline July 11th). Organized by the Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative (AMBC) Marine Spatial Planning Working Group, this discussion-based meeting will brainstorm and begin outlining a proactive and strategic approach to compensatory mitigation related to impacts of offshore wind development on birds that can not be addressed through avoidance and minimization. The agenda will include:
Review & discuss current considerations for compensatory mitigation, including examples of mitigation from other industries, and regulatory agency policy
Review & discuss Marine Spatial Planning Working Group efforts to develop a list of relevant mitigation actions
Identify potential partners roles, and mechanisms (e.g., AMBC, RWSC, regulatory agencies, developers)
Talk about interest and next steps
Operating and Calibrating Offshore Motus Stations Workshop
This workshop will be taking place at the venue from 3-5 pm on Tuesday, July 26th. This side workshop is free of charge and open to all who are interested in learning more about applied, technical aspects of managing offshore Motus stations. Prior registration is required by July 11th. Organized by Pam Loring (Division of Migratory Birds, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) and Erik Carlson (Department of Physics, University of Rhode Island), the workshop will provide hands-on demonstrations and discussions on key technical aspects of operating, maintaining, and calibrating automated radio telemetry stations on offshore buoys and wind turbines in coordination with the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. The agenda will include:
Calibration methods and protocols to estimate detection range and coverage of offshore Motus stations
Demonstration of an online calibration tool for survey design and data analysis
Workflows and tips for operating, managing, and troubleshooting receivers at offshore Motus stations
Advanced Non-extractive Techniques for Resource Assessment for Offshore Wind Workshop
This workshop will be taking place at the venue from 1-5 pm on Tuesday, July 26th, free of charge and open to all workshop attendees with prior registration (though registration capacity is limited). Organized by the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA), this workshop will include a series of talks on different techniques currently in use, as well as panels to promote discussions of adaptation of existing strategies. Question-and-answer periods will also be held for audience participation, which will include remote attendance.
Assessment of wildlife and fishery resources with proposed and permitted wind energy areas is an expected requirement for offshore wind development. Common techniques for assessing presence and abundance of fishery resources include many forms of extractive techniques, such as gillnets, otter trawls, and ventless traps. These techniques may expose protected species in wind lease areas to risk of takes or other interactions. Consequently, the application process for sampling permits may be extended and even lead to reduced sampling prior to construction activities.
Researchers tasked with measuring resource abundance have in some cases modified sampling strategies to focus on non-extractive techniques with lower risk to protected species. Often, these techniques employ advanced or less-familiar techniques. This workshop aims to identify and to share the state of the art in non-extractive advanced sampling techniques for fisheries resources in wind energy areas.
The Project WOW External Advisory Board is also meeting on the afternoon of July 26th. This meeting is not open to the public. Board members should contact Emily Shumchenia for details.
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