The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) continues to seek nominations to a new standing committee on offshore wind energy and fisheries. The goal of the new committee is to expand and improve  communication with the fishing community on offshore wind energy activities.

BOEM has requested that the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) establish the new committee on offshore wind energy and fisheries. The committee will serve as an independent, credible forum to discuss the state of science and pressing concerns related to the intersection of offshore wind with fisheries, BOEM said.   

The committee will provide BOEM with ongoing assistance in the development of U.S. offshore wind energy resources and their potential effects on fisheries. It will meet regularly to:

  • Engage in discussions and exchanges of information on key topics of interest to BOEM’s activities related to offshore wind and fisheries.
  • Provide expert assessment of recent developments in selected fields of science and technology, including reviewing and providing general advice on gaps and priorities for research.
  • Provide stakeholder understanding and insights on a diversity of issues pertinent to offshore wind and fisheries to ground discussions, provide context, and expand the committee’s and BOEM’s understanding on the topics of discussion.

Meeting topics will be chosen in consultation with BOEM staff, based on input from BOEM and other stakeholders.

NASEM is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on this committee. The 15-member committee will be a diverse group of scientists and other stakeholders related to offshore wind and fisheries, such as commercial and recreational fisheries, non-governmental organizations, community representatives and the offshore wind industry. Anyone can nominate any individual as a committee member.

Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 9, 2022 to: