23 Oct '17, 7pm

New Study Finds Offshore Wind May Be Haven for Sea Life

New Study Finds Offshore Wind May Be Haven for Sea Life

A forthcoming study looks set to add to a growing body of evidence suggesting offshore wind farms have a long-term beneficial impact on sea life. The study, submitted for publication in the aquatic sciences journal Hydrobiologia , concludes offshore wind farm (OWF) turbine foundations in the North Sea could improve biodiversity by providing new homes for the blue oyster, a key marine ecosystem builder. “The construction of all currently planned, consented and under-construction OWFs, in addition to those already in operation, is likely to increase the overall abundance of blue mussels in the southern North Sea by more than 10 percent,” according to the paper . “The blue mussel bioengineers its surrounding environment through shell litter fall, water filtration and clarification, [and] concentration of nutrients, ultimately increasing the species diversity and landscape het...

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