Senators want BOEM to get fishermen’s input on projects

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Democratic Sens. Ed 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 in a letter sent Friday 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.

“The seafood industry is a vital economic engine for our states,” they wrote.