In fall 2022, a collaboration led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, including the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) and the University of Maine, received a grant from the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium for a project titled “Co-Design Solutions for US Floating Offshore Wind Farms and Fishing Compatibility.” This project’s aim is to enhance coexistence of fisheries and floating wind by bringing together engineers and fishermen to codesign floating wind turbine platforms, mooring lines, dynamic cables, and anchors. The project team will be collaborating with fishermen from North Carolina to Maine. This effort is scheduled to kick off in March 2023 and continue until September 2025.
ROSA will be heading up the Mid-Atlantic component of the study, working with Willy Goldsmith of the American Saltwater Guides Association and a ROSA Advisory Council and Executive Committee member, and Dewey Hemilright, long-time commercial pelagic longliner and industry leader.
ROSA worked with Rutgers’ University and other organizations from 2021-2022 on a National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator grant for the project, “Regional climate change projections to enable equitable ocean planning for the blue economy.” The main focus of the initiative was to collaboratively design web tools that empower community members to integrate climate information into their decision-making, and make projections of climate impacts actionable and useful for the ocean economy in the Northeast US.
Rutgers was the lead institution and other collaborators included:
- Pacific Northwest College of Art and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Rutgers Educational Opportunity Fund
- The Nature Conservancy
- University of Connecticut
- University of Massachusetts
- University of Wisconsin