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2024 State of the Science Workshop

Taking an Ecosystem Approach: Integrating Offshore Wind, Wildlife, and Fisheries

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Side Meetings

State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy

Meetings will be taking place during the afternoon of Thursday, July 18th. Side meetings are open to all workshop attendees, unless otherwise noted. Information including meeting summaries and registration links can be found below. Public side meetings will begin at 1:30 pm.

Untangling the Marine Food Web: Bridging Knowledge Gaps to Better Understand Forage Taxa in the Mid-Atlantic Bight

Organizers: Rutgers University 

Register for the meeting here 
The meeting will feature three presentations on forage taxa (zooplankton, invertebrates and forage fish) followed by three breakout groups to discuss the knowledge gaps and research priorities for each. All diverse experts and stakeholders (fishermen, industry, management, academics) are invited to join the discussion.  

Meeting Description: Link  |  Time: 1:30 pm-3:30 pm  |  Room: SAC 302


Floating Offshore Wind Technology, Fisheries Interactions, Limitations, and Opportunities for a Path Forward

Organizers: Tetra Tech
Registration link for this meeting coming soon

The side meeting will be broken into two sessions with the goal of putting the engineers, federal agencies, environmental experts, and a west coast developer in the same room as the stakeholders and fishermen that depend on these waters. Sessions will present the engineering constraints that determine OSW structures and give stakeholders the opportunity to discuss how best to engage with the environmental community. This dialogue allows the engineers to ask the audience what to consider for coexistence. 

Meeting Description: Link  |  Time: 1:30 pm-4:30 pm |  Room: SAC 303

Collison Risk Modelling Working Group

Organizers: Biodiversity Research Institute, The Biodiversity Consultancy, USFWS
Registration link for this meeting coming soon

Avian collisions are currently seen as a key consenting risk for offshore wind farms, putting in jeopardy efforts to mitigate climate change through reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Collision risk is typically assessed prior to the construction of a wind farm using a Collision Risk Model (CRM). However, there is substantial uncertainty surrounding the inputs to these models and the accuracy of their predictions. A global CRM working group was formed at the 2023 Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts (CWW) with the goal of sharing information about avian collision risk models (CRMs) amongst practitioners and developing best practices and approaches for uses of CRMs. The first meeting of this CRM Expert Working Group will be held at the 2024 State of the Science. As part of this meeting, the working group will formalize the group’s goals, identify potential funding sources, and begin to develop terms of reference and immediate action items identified during the CWW workshop, such as a decision tree to help practitioners determine when and where different types of CRMs might be usefully implemented.
Meeting Description: Link
  |  Time: 1:30 pm-5:30 pm  |  Room: SAC 306

From Human Safety to Ecosystems: Integrated Ocean Data Systems as a Keystone for Robust Research and Safe Offshore Wind Operations
Organizers: Responsible Offshore Science Alliance, NERACOOS

Registration link for this meeting coming soon

This workshop includes a series of talks on different resource assessment techniques currently in use, as well as panels to promote discussions of adaptation of existing strategies. 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.
Meeting Description: Link  |  Length: 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm  |  Room: SAC 305

Offshore Wind and Wildlife Technology - Mini TechSurge
Registration link for this meeting coming soon

Organizers: The Regional Wildlife Science Collaborative for Offshore Wind

This meeting will consist of 1) a mini tech surge in the form of a roundtable discussion with short presentations and moderated questions with goals to: facilitate collaboration; drive innovation in offshore wind technology​; and Generate Actionable Technology Recommendations and 2) a tech cafe, taking place during the State of the Science poster session which will include desktop demonstrations showcasing a range of tools and technologies offered by both technology service providers and others. 

Meeting Description: Coming soon  |  Length: TBD  |  Room: Ballroom

**Please note the following meetings are closed to the public. If you are attending one of these meetings and have questions please reach out to the organizers directly.**


Avian Species Conservation Programs for Offshore Wind Development (note: This meeting is taking place on Monday, July 15)

Organizers: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Project WOW External Advisory Board Meeting

Organizers: Duke University, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Surfclam Stock Enhancement: Who, What, When, and Where Next?

Organizers: Responsible Offshore Science Alliance 

Photo credits: Banner offshore wind farm © Nicholas Doherty; 

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