Anglers for Offshore Wind Power Issues Public Comment on Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Notice
- Jun 17, 2021 3:49 pm GMT
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Captain Paul Eidman representative of Anglers for Offshore Wind Power, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, has issued a public comment on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management notice entitled "Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Ocean Wind, LLC's Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New Jersey". The comment was posted on June 10, 2021:
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My name is Captain Paul Eidman. I run a charter boat up here in North Jersey, I also represent Anglers for Offshore Wind Power and I feel that responsibly developed offshore wind farms will greatly benefit the fishing off of the New Jersey coast.
To all the recreational fisherman out there that are listening, we all need to stand together and make sure that offshore wind developers take our input during the early planning stage and site turbines correctly. We should be using our collective voice to ensure that we have open access to fish the turbines, take advantage of opportunities, to provide public input and fishery science before, during and after construction.
It seems there is another motivation beneath all of this, to help fan the flames of opposition that we are currently seeing from the profitable and influential commercial bottom trawling fleet and from folks that want to keep the natural gas supply pumping. Burning fewer fossil fuels leads to cleaner healthier waters which benefit all of us.
More structure in the water means more fish habitat and aggregation of key game fish species like black sea bass, summer flounder, blackfish, bluefish and Mahi Mahi. Excuse me, sorry, I am choking. All this leads to increased fishing opportunity increased trips out on the water, more paying customers on party boats and more folks feeling confident enough when buying fishing tackle, boats and more trucks.
Overall it leads to an improved and sustainable coastal economy Looking at the long term gains instead of the short term profits, off short wind power could help stem the tide of rising water temperatures and help to hold the game fish species along our shores and slow many of the species northward progression.
All of this while adding thousands of American jobs, sustaining our coastal economy and building the recreational fishing business. Thank you for this opportunity to add our comments, and I am Captain Paul from Anglers for Offshore Wind Power.
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The notice can be viewed at: https://www.regulations.gov/document/BOEM-2021-0024-0001
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