A video produced by the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group, shows mussels, finfish and other marine life thriving round the 5 wind turbine towers that were installed off Block Island in 2016.
“The turbine foundations are now acting as an artificial reef,” said Nancy Sopko, the wind energy association’s director of offshore wind and federal legislative affairs. “This is a success story that can be replicated all along our coastlines.”
Recreational fishermen are already reaping the benefits of the wind farm, which holds everything from black sea bass and bluefish to fluke and striped bass. Anglers are allowed to fish close to the turbines, although they should give the maintenance vessels a wide berth.