- Published: 22 February 2021 22 February 2021
US Wind has announced a new partnership with Sea Risk Solutions (Sea Risk) to aid in the company’s engagement efforts with fishermen in Maryland and the greater Delmarva region. Wolfgang Rain and Ron Larsen at Sea Risk will be US Wind’s fisheries liaisons for the commercial and recreational sectors and the partnership will ensure ongoing, consistent dialogue with fishermen as development activities ramp up.
Efforts will focus on the dissemination of information related to project milestones and survey activity, promotion of collaborative business opportunities, and coordination of regular opportunities to gather and respond to questions and concerns from the community.
Wolfgang Rain joins the US Wind team as lead Fisheries Liaison, with over 23 years of experience as a commercial fisherman and fisheries biologist. Rain has additional years of expertise in subsea cable permitting and regulatory issues, offshore wind development in the UK and Atlantic USA, liaison with maritime authorities, shipping interests, government agencies, and fishermen in more than 20 countries.
Ron Larsen joins the US Wind fisheries liaison team with over 30 years of fisheries and subsea infrastructure planning experience. Larsen spent ten years in the 1990s working in the East Coast fisheries observer program, first as a fisheries observer and then as the regional operations coordinator.
Sea Risk Solutions is a US-based small business with experience in facilitating coexistence between offshore infrastructure developers and fishing communities.
US Wind acquired an 80,000-acre federal lease area off of the coast of Maryland in 2014. In 2017, the company was awarded Offshore Renewable Energy Credits (ORECs) from the State of Maryland for the first phase of its MarWin project.