Request for Expressions of Interest
More and more countries are developing offshore wind installations for electrical generation. Some already have installed large numbers of turbines. The existing and proposed installations often overlap with existing commercial fisheries. In some regions, the fishing industry has expressed concern that fishing will be completely displaced due to several concerns, primarily involving safety and mobile gears. The installations will also interfere with the monitoring of fish resources by impairing trawl-based resource surveys.
Mike Pol is interested in a closer examination of several topics related to the accessibility of wind farms for commercial fishing and for surveys. His interest was spurred because he was asked to create scaled drawings of mobile gears within a wind farm (see an example in Figure 1), and he was surprised at the relative size of the gear, as well as a lack of relevant literature.
He thinks would be interesting to:
- Investigate potential for the safe operation of otter trawls within a wind farm based on improved knowledge and modelling of movement and behaviour of doors, nets, and cables.
- Investigate potential adjustments to design parameters of wind installations (particularly floating turbines) to improve accessibility to fishing
- Investigate current adaptations by commercial fleets and stock surveys to installed wind farms
- Understand the potential for the development of alternative exploitation methods
- Understand the potential for the development of alternative survey approaches.
At an informal discussion after the Annual Meeting of WGFTFB recently, Mike Pol was pleasantly surprised to find several of the WG members are similarly interested. It was suggested a blog post on the WGFTFB website would be a good way to inspire a discussion that could lead to a topic group or similar effort.
He would be interested in any and all feedback.
Figure 1. A scale model drawing of an 87 ft vessel towing an otter trawl within the footprint of a 1 nm x 1 nm wind farm.