Maine fishing groups still skeptical of offshore wind plans

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Maine Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat who supports offshore wind, has proposed a 10-year moratorium on offshore wind projects in state waters. She also pledged Monday to continue involving members of the fishing industry in plans for offshore wind off Maine.

Mills’ announcement comes as the state is working with New England Aqua Ventus on a project that would be the first floating offshore wind research array in the country. Several fishing groups released a statement late Monday that said they “do not share the governor’s vision to achieve this through rushed offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine.”

The fishing groups said they are concerned that development of wind energy off Maine will harm long-standing industries such as lobster fishing. Mills has said her moratorium will prevent offshore wind projects from happening in nearshore waters that are more heavily fished. She has also said the state will work with fishermen to protect their industry.