MIL-OSI Global: Offshore windfarms could offer new habitats for lobsters – new research

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To date, most offshore wind turbines have been built using fixed foundations. To protect the foundations from erosion, large deposits of rocks and boulders – called “scour protection” – are placed around the base of each turbine. This means that with each new windfarm, there is an increase in the amount of such material in the marine environment. Our new study shows the European lobster is making use of the scour protection as shelter. The presence of this commercially important species within these sites suggests fishing opportunities may develop from future windfarm construction.

Period11 Jul 2023

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  • Lobsters
  • offshore
  • windfarms
  • artificial reef