Offshore Wind Power for Marine Conservation
Received Date: Dec 13, 2020 / Accepted Date: Mar 23, 2021 / Published Date: Mar 30, 2021
The seas of northern Europe are strongly affected by human activities and there is a great need for improved marine conservation. The same region is also the current hotspot for offshore wind power development. Wind farms can have negative environmental impacts during construction, but during the operational phase many organisms are attracted to the foundations and thereby may also find refuge from fisheries. Given the recent implementation of marine spatial planning in Europe and elsewhere, this is a critical time to address potential compatibility and synergies be- tween marine conservation and wind power. This review concludes that offshore wind farms can be at least as effective as existing marine protected areas in terms of creating refuges for benthic habitats, benthos, fish and marine mammals.
Keywords: Marine Conservation; Offshore Wind Power; Marine Spatial Planning; Marine Management
Citation: Hammar L (2021) Offshore Wind Power for Marine Conservation. J Marine Sci Res Dev 11: 304. Doi: 10.4172/2155-9910.1000304
Copyright: © 2021 Hammar L. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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