Wind Farms: Ecosystem Effects Differ Depending on Species, Seafloor Features
Commercial Fisheries News
June 2013

Associate Michele Hallowell authored the Commercial Fisheries News article, "Wind Farms: Ecosystem Effects Differ Depending on Species, Seafloor Features." The article discusses how wind energy development will affect fishing resources. The short answer to the questions that fishermen may have is that there are many variables in how a wind farm will effect an ecosystem.

Federal agencies currently are working with limited scientific information and are basing decisions on the belief that any effects caused by wind turbines are either temporary or minimal. Michele concludes that these unknowns are a reminder that the ocean wind energy industry is fairly new, and any attempt to base decisions on the limited data may have unforeseen – and possibly negative – consequences.