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Study Fleet Data Improve Offshore Wind Impact Assessments

Researchers from the NOAA Fisheries science center and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology have been working to better understand how offshore wind development will affect commercial fishing in our region. They’ve found that two data sources, required vessel trip reports and the more detailed trip-level data collected by the Study Fleet, can be used together to improve estimates of fishing revenue derived from wind lease areas. This is just one example of how information collected by the Study Fleet can bring out details analysts need to get a clearer picture of what is happening in a fishery ecosystem. For more on how the Study Fleet has grown, its contributions, and prospects for the future, check out this recent paper, authored by Study Fleet participants and staff from our Cooperative Research Branch.

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