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Deal on offshore wind jobs highlights tensions with Maine fishermen #ME

National Wind Watch

Wednesday’s announcement that Maine organized labor and the developer of a pilot offshore wind farm are partnering to train and hire construction workers took place against a backdrop of rising tensions between two marine-related job creators. One, the fishing sector, is a longtime symbol of Maine’s...


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Bob Meinetz on Apr 8, 2021

"...the fishing sector is a longtime symbol of Maine’s independent work ethic and an economic mainstay in many coastal communities. The other, offshore wind, is part of a fast-evolving clean-energy industry that’s taking shape along the Eastern Seaboard.

The interests of these two water-dependent activities are colliding..."

All that's sustainable about offshore wind, onshore wind, or any other "renewable" source of energy are the profits available to developers. Protection of local wildlife near the facilities, and the electricity they generate, are predictably unsustainable.

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Joe Deely on Apr 9, 2021

In Rhode Island, offshore wind farm emerging as popular fishing spot

A survey finds many recreational anglers think the Block Island Wind Farm improved fishing by acting as an artificial reef

An ongoing study of how the country’s first offshore wind farm is affecting recreational anglers so far points toward a fairly peaceful coexistence.

The Block Island Wind Farm, off the coast of Rhode Island, has become a popular fishing area, as many anglers believe the bases of the five, 6-megawatt wind turbines are acting as an artificial reef, said David Bidwell, an assistant professor of marine affairs at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and the principal investigator for the study. 

“Anglers believe it has improved fishing in the areas very close to the turbines — there seem to be more species and more fish there,” he said. 

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Bob Meinetz on Apr 10, 2021

"A survey finds many recreational anglers think the Block Island Wind Farm improved fishing by acting as an artificial reef."

A "survey" found that? Nope, just more anecdotal evidence fabricated by renewables advocates to further their cause. Here's what the science says:

"As to whether there is any scientific evidence for the Block Island Wind Farm’s impact on fishing conditions, good or bad, “the answer right now is we just don’t know,” said Julia Livermore, supervising marine biologist for the state Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Marine Fisheries.

The survey included monthly trawling of the wind farm site — dragging a net near the ocean floor — for two years prior to construction, the two years during construction, and three years since, Livermore said. The survey also included two control sites east and west of the area for comparison.

She has been examining the data, looking for changes in types and numbers of species present and their relative abundances to one another. But so far, 'going through those data, I haven’t seen any changes to date that are statistically significant,' Livermore said."

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