Fishing Industry Vocal About New Wind Farm Plans

The first meeting of the Massachusetts governor’s Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Renewable Energy was a volatile one, according to a report from

On Monday, roughly 30 members of the fishing industry met in New Bedford with state officials, where they expressed skepticism and often opposition to a plan to install 800 wind turbines in a 3,000-square-mile area south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Many people in attendance expressed concern about possible exclusion zones that would keep fishing boats out of the area, despite assurances from officials that no such zones would be imposed around the turbines. Some argued the turbines would make the waters dangerous to navigate, while others said the fish would be driven away by construction.

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