Offshore Wind Farms Expected To Reduce Clam Fishery Revenue
- Jun 23, 2022 3:49 pm GMT
The studies, which appear in the
"Understanding the impacts of fishery exclusion and fishing effort displacement from development of offshore wind energy is critical to the sustainability of the
"Tools that can predict and manage these complex and interconnected challenges are essential for developing and evaluating strategies that allow for multiple users of the offshore environment."
To measure the potential impacts of offshore wind farms on
"SEFES is basically a virtual world that allows us to simulate the dynamics of the fishery - from how captains navigate their boats to how weather impacts the catch," Munroe said. "But the model also has a layer of biology, which accounts for the clam populations and how they change over time and in space." For instance, climate change is already pushing clam distribution northward; SEFES can account for this shift.
To fine tune SEFES, Munroe and colleagues worked closely with the industry, including fishermen who provided valuable feedback. "We showed them how the model was working, and they told us if our assessments were right or wrong." Input from fisheries managers and data from landings were also used to ensure the model was working well.
With the model calibrated, Munroe's team then sought to predict the impacts of future wind farms on
These changes to fishing behavior will have costs that SEFES can calculate. "If fishermen can't fish in wind-leased areas, they will fish elsewhere in locations that might be less than optimal, changes that will mean longer trips and potentially smaller hauls," said Munroe.
The studies, funded by the
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