Anglers see the impacts of warming water firsthand as species move further north. They also stand to benefit from the significant artificial reef structure that will be created by hundreds of turbines installed off our coasts. For these reasons and more, offshore wind power is a great opportunity for recreational anglers, but development must be done responsibly.
Anglers for Offshore Wind Power promotes a set principles for responsible development: guaranteed fishing access; ongoing monitoring of fisheries impacts; and opportunities for public input on projects and permitting. We’ve seen this thoughtful approach to development work firsthand at America’s first and only offshore wind farm off of Block Island, Rhode Island, which you can see in our new video.
Please share this video with your friends, on social media, or however you can to help share the story of how responsibly developed offshore wind power can make recreational fishing better. As offshore wind power development ramps up, now is the time to get engaged to ensure offshore wind power develops in a way that works for recreational anglers.
When Anglers for Offshore Wind Power launched a year and a half ago with the input of captains, fisheries advocates, and fishing clubs, states were in the process of making significant commitments to purchase offshore wind energy and developers were readying projects to keep up with the growing demand for clean energy. Since then, there have been numerous announcements from developers and state and federal agencies – the momentum is building. In addition to our new video, we thought this would be a good opportunity to update you on the latest commitments and projects to show just how much has transpired in a few months:
To learn more about each states projects, visit their state page on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Website.
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