As part of their Masterís thesis, a team of students from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB is working on a project evaluating offshore wind energy potential along the California central coast. The project is sponsored by the Community Environmental Council and Infinity Wind Power, a local wind developer. Neither sponsor has any plans for developing an offshore wind project. The three basic objectives of the project are to:

1. Gain an understanding of stakeholder knowledge and opinions regarding offshore wind power,
2. Analyze the regulatory and permitting pathway, and
3. Conduct a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) study to analyze potential project locations.

To capture stakeholder opinion, the team has prepared a general public survey which should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Fishermen are one of the most important stakeholder groups we need to reach. Unfortunately, to this point, we have had a very low response rate from fishermen (commercial and recreational).

Here is a link to the survey:

Your time and opinions are what make this study possible and we are extremely grateful, thank you!

More project information can be found on the project website, If you have questions, please email