Offshore Wind Development May Affect Fish

Scientists now plan to study how construction to build offshore wind facilities impacts fish. Researchers with the Nature Conservancy and the federal government are focusing their study off the coast of Virginia Beach to see how driving offshore wind turbines into the seafloor impacts fish behavior. Offshore wind has been slower to develop here in the U.S. than it has in Europe or Asia, but now states along the East Coast… such as Virginia… have been ramping up their efforts to make it work. In fact, Virginia set its own goal of developing 5.2 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2050. Dominion Energy, Virginia’s largest electric utility, is currently building a 2.6 gigawatt project that is expected to be the nation’s largest offshore wind farm when it’s complete. But first, researchers want to see how all the earth-shaking activity will affect fish.