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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Wave Energy Workshop: Ecological Effects

On Oct 11-12, a diverse group of 50 marine scientists met in Newport, OR to discuss potential ecological impacts of wave energy development on Oregon's coastal ecosystems. The workshop included discussion of possible effects to benthic and pelagic habitats, as well as fish, seabird, and mammal species. The State of Oregon is interested in wave energy development as a clean, renewable resource. The findings of this workshop should help inform efforts to avoid or mitigate impacts to ocean ecosystems. To this end, Oregon Chapter of Surfrider is using these workshop findings in developing recommendations for research and monitoring of wave energy projects. To read summary of the workshop findings: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/waveenergy/


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