Back to top
Reported by Ørsted on 17 January 2019

RODA and Ørsted Partner to Address Fisheries and Offshore Wind Coexistence

Construction of Gode Wind (Courtesy of Ørsted A/S)

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) today announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind to improve communications between the commercial fishing industry and offshore wind energy developers.

This first-of-its-kind partnership will create an unprecedented opportunity for commercial fishermen to provide direct input to the wind energy industry on matters of significant interest to their businesses. Under this partnership, both industries will remain autonomous but provide a platform to move towards workable solutions. While non-binding in nature, it is RODA and Ørsted’s hope that discussions will prove beneficial to all parties involved.

“Partnering with Ørsted is a significant step forward as we look to strengthen our ongoing dialogue between commercial fishermen and offshore wind developers,” said RODA Executive Director Annie Hawkins. “RODA believes that we need to develop solutions for offshore wind energy and commercial fishing to coexist, and today’s announcement will support future sustainability for both industries.”

“We are proud to be the first offshore wind developer to partner with RODA, which is an important part to the future of offshore wind,” said CEO of Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America Thomas Brostrøm. “The fishing community must be considered as offshore wind development continues in the U.S. Through this partnership, we will be able to share our concerns in a productive way and develop practical solutions as we all seek to coexist and thrive for a better tomorrow.”

RODA is the only national commercial fishing organization that is purpose-built for interacting with the offshore wind industry to maintain sustainable fisheries. Based from Midcoast Maine to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, it also has the broadest geographic and gear-type range of any East Coast fishing industry membership organization active in offshore wind engagement.

The RODA Board of Directors consists of fishing industry representatives who bring over 200 years of combined operational and management experience, split across the range of federally and state-managed Atlantic fisheries. One of RODA’s primary goals is to ensure that the fishing industry’s input at-large is received, considered, and accommodated to the maximum extent possible in leasing, design, construction, and operations of new offshore developments.

“It is extremely vital that our nation’s fishermen are heard when offshore wind projects are being developed,” said RODA Chairman and Director of Sustainability at Atlantic Capes Fisheries Peter Hughes. “Ørsted has made it clear that they want to be partners with the fishing industry, and we are optimistic that our work with them will set a standard ensuring that fishermen have direct input into wind farm designs and ensuring that their concerns are fully embraced by developers.”

A core component of the partnership will be the creation of a joint industry task force to explore improved approaches to project siting, design, and operations. The two industries have already engaged in extensive communication regarding topics ranging from navigation concerns (including transit lanes and turbine layouts) and other impacts avoidance to identifying a mutual interest in developing transparent strategies for long-term mitigation. This new initiative will provide a more structured process for further collaboration between the two industries.

Ørsted and RODA strongly encourage other offshore wind energy developers and commercial fishermen to join this partnership in order to develop well-informed and enduring approaches to best practices and provide broad representation of the industries.

For more information on joining RODA as a fishing industry member, or joining the joint advisory panel as a member of the offshore wind development community, please contact



Ørsted A/S. Press release - RODA and Ørsted Partner to Address Fisheries and Offshore Wind Coexistence. URL: [Date Accessed: 17/01/2019].


Ørsted A/S. Images. [Date Accessed: 26/11/2018].

Health, Safety & Environment

18 Dec | Highland communities in £28m funding boost

Highland communities will benefit to the tune of £28millon thanks to Britain’s newest onshore wind farm, built by SSE Renewables.

Health, Safety & Environment

06 Dec | White Rock Wind Farm Announces Recipients for the First Annual Community Fund Round

White Rock Wind Farm announced today that it will be supporting 24 projects within the local community for the inaugural round of its annual $175,000 Community Fund.

Health, Safety & Environment

15 Nov | Improved Monsoon Winds Help Power Producers in 2018

After a prolonged period of decline, 2018 monsoon season brings significantly higher than average wind speeds across India.

Health, Safety & Environment

12 Nov | Handling venomous snakes ethically is part of the job when constructing a wind farm in South Africa

Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape, is home to no less than sixteen different species of snakes, four of which are highly venomous.

Project Development & Execution

30 Nov | Ørsted to build wind farm in Texas

Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), a North American leading developer of wind and solar energy projects, will start building its first project under new Ørsted ownership – the Locket Wind project in Texas. The wind farm will be LCE’s fourth onshore

Business & Finance

09 Aug | Ørsted acquires Lincoln Clean Energy, a US onshore wind developer

Today, Ørsted has entered into an agreement with global infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital and management shareholders to acquire a 100% equity interest in Lincoln Clean Energy LLC (’LCE’), placing an enterprise valuation on LCE of USD 580 million.