NOAA is committed to advancing sustainable ocean uses, including offshore wind energy, and will continue working to reduce potential impacts on NOAA’s mission-critical activities, such as ensuring sustainable fisheries, protecting marine mammal populations, supporting safe marine transportation and conserving our nation’s ocean and coastal resources for future generations .
We understand that sustainable U.S. fisheries and other ocean uses are vital to a thriving New Blue Economy and working waterfronts, and healthy marine life is a key indicator for a healthy ocean. To maintain the world-class science that supports our mission, NOAA and BOEM are working in collaboration to develop and implement a strategy to reduce the impacts of offshore wind energy development on NOAA’s scientific surveys.
Consistent with that effort, and in collaboration with the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance offsite link, NOAA worked with researchers, wind developers and state and federal agencies to develop an offshore wind project monitoring framework and guidelines offsite link. These can help developers characterize, evaluate, and monitor the impacts of proposed projects on marine life and fishing operations.
NOAA is also engaged with DOE, BOEM, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies on the Interagency Wind Turbine-Radar Interference Mitigation Working Group, which fosters federal collaboration on mitigating wind turbine interference on radars.
NOAA is fully supportive of the Administration’s goal to rapidly and responsibly advance offshore wind energy while managing traditional ocean uses and the nation's ocean resources and habitats. Balancing these different uses of the ocean is critical to further building the New Blue Economy and advancing a low-carbon future.