Maine Fishermen Wary of Wind Farms

Wind Farm, photo: Alan O'Neill / Statoil

Fisherman’s Voice: With a giant energy conglomerate from Norway eyeing Maine’s offshore waters for the installation of wind-energy turbines, fishermen from Maine and the rest of New England have expressed concern about the impacts to fishing grounds and fishing operations from the burgeoning offshore wind industry.

The topic arose during the latest meeting of the New England Fisheries Management Council (NEFMC), when Brian Hooker, a marine biologist with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Office of Renewable Energy Programs, gave a presentation on offshore wind energy activities and their implications for New England fisheries.

With particular regard to Maine’s fishing interests, there was concern about a proposed project by the Norwegian company, Statoil, to install four 3-megawatt wind turbine generators about 12 miles off Boothbay.

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