The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) invites you to attend the next webinar in the West Coast Renewable Energy Science Exchange, a series of webinars about scientific research offshore California, Oregon, and Washington that will inform decisions about the planning, leasing, and development of ocean renewable energy. The next webinar will provide an overview of research and data concerning marine fishes, essential fish habitat, and fisheries. It will be held on March 11 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time and presented by Donna Schroeder, a marine ecologist with the BOEM Pacific office. Additional information, including webinar access, can be found at www.boem.gov/west-coast-renewable-energy-science-exchange. Webinar series schedule:
March 11, 2020. Understanding the Potential Effects of Offshore Wind Development to Fishes, Essential Fish Habitat and Fisheries Presenter: Donna Schroeder, Marine Ecologist, BOEM
May 13, 2020. Overview of BOEM-funded Research about Marine Mammals on the West Coast Presenter: Desray Reeb, Marine Biologist, BOE
July 8, 2020. Overview of BOEM-funded Research about Benthic Habitats on the West Coast Presenter: Lisa Gilbane, Biologist, BOEM
September 9, 2020. Overview of BOEM-funded Research about Cultural Resources on the West Coast Presenter: David Ball, Marine Archaeologist, BOEM
Webinars are led by subject matter experts based in the BOEM Pacific office in Camarillo, California, and will be held at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on the second Wednesday of every other month. The BOEM Environmental Studies Program (ESP) in the Pacific has funded a diverse array of applied and basic research about the marine, coastal, and human environments offshore California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. The environmental, social, and economic information garnered from ESP studies informs decisions about energy programs on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which extends from the U.S.-Mexico border to the U.S.-Canada border and includes the OCS of Hawaii.
Since the ESP’s inception in 1973, more than 310 Pacific studies have been conducted at a cost of more than $142 million. While many of these studies have been conducted to inform decisions about oil and gas development on the California OCS, regional study priorities have expanded to address information needs regarding renewable energy development throughout the Pacific OCS. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) promotes energy independence, environmental protection and economic development through responsible, science-based management energy and marine mineral resources on the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf.