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Studying Sound in the Ocean to Prepare for Offshore Wind Development

NOAA Fisheries scientists talk about passive acoustic monitoring and where it fits into the country's renewable energy strategy.
May 09, 2024 - Podcast ,
Overcast day with mostly gray and silver tones. In the background at left, a line of 8 offshore windmills tower over the horizon. In the foreground, a small boat open-decked boat with a flat roof is silhouetted against a shining sea A small fishing vessel near wind turbines. Credit: Bob Brewer on Unsplash

Uncrewed Vehicles Hold Promise for Ocean Data Collection in Difficult-to-Reach Areas

We try to “see” fish and plankton using acoustics in offshore wind energy areas off the Northeastern United States.
April 18, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A small vessel shaped like a submarine floats in calm ocean waters, with a large suspension bridge in and sailboats in the background. The Exail DriX, an uncrewed surface vehicle, in Narragansett Bay. Credit: NOAA/Michael Jech

Passive Acoustic Monitoring Reveals More About Sperm Whales off Southeast New England

Study listened for sperm whales in an offshore wind energy development area.
February 21, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of six sperm whales grouped together in dark blue waters. Sperm whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Protecting Species While Planning for Offshore Wind Development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

New study proposes a scoring method for evaluating risk to protected species with offshore wind development projects.
July 03, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Surfacing Rice's whale. Rice's Whale. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Katie Westfall Joins NOAA Fisheries as a Senior Advisor Focused on Offshore Wind

Westfall will enhance efficiency of permitting at NOAA and coordination with other agencies and external groups.
February 27, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Katie Westfall Katie Westfall joins NOAA Fisheries as a Senior Advisor focused on offshore wind.

Information About Offshore Wind and Whales

Get answers to frequently asked questions about interactions between offshore wind energy projects and whales on the East Coast.
January 18, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Wind generators off Block Island.

Efforts to Mitigate Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy Development on NOAA Fisheries’ Surveys

NOAA Fisheries and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management share the final Federal Survey Mitigation Strategy for Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with plans to adapt the strategy for other regions.
December 05, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Offshore sea wind turbines The Biden-Harris administration is committed to deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

2022 Northeast Fall Ecosystem Monitoring Cruise Completed

We completed 52 percent of planned stations as cruise time was shortened by crew shortages and poor weather.
December 01, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Microscopic view of green chain forming diaton against a blue background. A chain-forming diatom, a common type of phytoplankton, found in the New York Bight area.