Symposium to discuss offshore wind development impact on environments and livelihoods: The 8th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium looks at ‘The Ecology of Marine Wind Farms: Perspectives on Impact Mitigation, Siting and Future Uses’

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 5:30pm
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10/10/09 - As Rhode Island continues to plan for offshore wind development, Rhode Island Sea Grant is hosting the eighth annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium, where international experts will convene to weigh in on the potential impacts of offshore wind farms.

The symposium, “The Ecology of Marine Wind Farms: Perspectives on Impact Mitigation, Siting and Future Uses,” takes place November 2 to 4, 2009, in Newport, R.I.

 Keynote speaker, Dr. Bela H. Buck from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, will be joined by various international and regional panelists to discuss how offshore wind development will impact climate change, aquaculture development, technologies, and management of offshore structures to enhance coastal habitats, fishing, and alternative livelihoods.

Day rates are also available. For more information and to register please visit seagrant.gso.uri.edu/baird/2009/ or call Tracy Kennedy of Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800.

Sponsors of the 8th Annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium are R.I. Ocean Special Area Management Plan; NOAA Aquaculture Program, NOAA Fisheries Service; Deepwater Wind; Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany; Institute for Marine Resources, Germany; Canadian Consulate in Boston; Maine Sea Grant College Program; and MIT Sea Grant College Program.