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Offshore marine mammals focus of study

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has received a $1.1 million commitment from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct a study of the biology of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Area.

The study, led by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will focus on marine mammal populations off the coast of Maryland, including large whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The purpose of the study is to protect the migratory pathways of these species when offshore wind energy projects, such as turbines, are constructed.

The Maryland Energy Administration’s Offshore Wind Development Fund is also involved in the effort.

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