(AP) — Senators from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are asking that fishermen’s interests be considered earlier in the siting process for offshore wind farms.
U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, and Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, have asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to adopt policies for the offshore wind leasing and permitting process that bring fishermen and other marine stakeholders into the conversation early, to minimize spatial conflicts and reduce the risk of economic harm to the fishing industry.
The first U.S. offshore wind farm is operating off the coast of Rhode Island. Several more projects are in the planning phases.
The senators say their states understand that smart planning and consultation with stakeholders, particularly the fishing industry, will allow offshore wind to flourish and protect important ocean resources.