The first offshore wind farm in the U.S. is stirring concerns in the fishing industry, with fears that it will destroy their livelihood.
The wind farm, three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island will kill the fish in the area and has the potential to decimate fishing businesses. If wind turbines continue to arise along the Atlantic Coast, commercial fishermen fear that their entire industry will be wiped out.
“We’re having our traditional fishing grounds usurped by offshore wind energy,” a fishing industry representative said. “We as stakeholders have been left out of the process by Obama’s Interior Department. Block Island has messed up gill netters and trawlers, [Fisherman] are not going to certain areas because it’s a risk to the boat. The five turbines they put in place there are ruining one of the most productive bottoms around.”
As reported in the Daily Caller:
“This will absolutely cost jobs in the U.S.,” Bonnie Brady, director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “If New York Governor [Andrew] Cuomo’s administration gets what it wants from offshore wind that’s thousands of fishing jobs. It’ll rip the coastal communities apart.”
Brady says New York’s government is willfully ignoring fishing jobs in favor of the wind industry and thinks the consequences of Cuomo’s policy could spread economic devastation to fishermen well beyond the state.
The New York state government is investing heavily in wind energy, with plans for further offshore wind farms. While wind is supposedly a “green” energy source, Brady adds: “Biologically these things are a nightmare. The only green about this project is that which lines investors’ pockets.”