Wind Seminar Information and Registration

Join us on Thursday March 5 from 9:30-4:00 at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum for a one-day seminar on offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine!

Planning for and development of wind energy is proceeding rapidly in southern New England and mid-Atlantic waters.  The federal Department of Energy envisions 2,300 offshore wind turbines by the year 2030, and over 9,000 by the year 2050.  Plans are underway now to identify suitable turbine sites in the Gulf of Maine.

Fisheries and wind development interactions include:

  • Navigation
  • Fishing gear
  • Marine ecosystems
  • Noise and electromagnetic fields
  • Transmission cable routing

This seminar will be an all-inclusive introduction to wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine including:

  • Turbine construction, siting, and cabling.
  • Federal and state permitting and development requirements, including how fishing concerns are considered in the process.
  • Impacts on fisheries and research, and
  • How fishermen and fisheries organizations can (and already are) working to represent your interests.

Panelists include representatives of federal and state agencies involved in fisheries and wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine, plus several fishing industry members who will share real-life experiences and lessons learned from working with the government and wind energy developers in the mid-Atlantic.

Links to learn more about ocean wind energy development:

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) – Offshore Renewable Energy

Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils: Offshore Wind in the Northeast Region

Maine Governor’s Offshore Wind Energy Office

Maine Aqua Ventus – Floating Wind Turbine Demonstration Project

Commercial Fisheries Research Center (RI) offshore wind resources page

Save The Date: Thursday March 5, then stay for the Forum’s regular Friday and Saturday seminars for the latest on all things affecting Maine fisheries.

Please Register Below (FILL OUT A SEPARATE FORM FOR EACH PERSON ATTENDING):