The Consortium seeks to create a common understanding of the local and regional impacts (positive and negative) of floating offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. The Consortium may prioritize, scope, commission, and/or find collaborative partners to implement scientific studies on the ecological, technological, economic and social impacts to achieve this goal.

The Consortium is overseen by a diverse Advisory Board including commercial and recreational fisheries representatives, marine wildlife and habitats experts, commercial offshore wind development experts, and State agencies. Maine-based environmental NGOs, community representatives, and scientists from public and private research institutions are also represented to ensure broad stakeholder representation.

Over the course of 2023, the Advisory Board developed a Research Strategy and identified three projects for initial funding, including:


Exploring approaches to fisheries coexistence with floating offshore wind;


Inventorying baseline data on socioeconomics of Maine fishing communities to help assess potential positive and negative impacts of floating offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine; and


Sonar seafloor mapping in key areas of the Gulf of Maine.

Work on all three projects began in 2024 with results expected in early 2025. For more information on the Consortium’s latest activities including project details and upcoming meetings, please visit the Maine Governor’s Energy Office website.