Offshore impact 'small' on fishing
BOEM report will feed into future decision-making on wind projects
Offshore wind farms in the Atlantic Ocean off the US coast will have a minimal impact on commercial fishing, according to a new report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
The BOEM study has been produced in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service to better understand fishing activity in areas of potential offshore wind development.
The only notable impact will be on vessels using pots and gillnets in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, which could result in losses of up to $517,000, it found.
Recreational fishing will have a range of impacts from slightly negative to neutral, the report said.
BOEM added the report will inform its decision-making on future offshore wind energy development by “identifying potentially affected fisheries that may require additional information and analysis”.