According to a recent Rutgers study, offshore wind farms could damage 25% of Atlantic City’s fishery.
Clammers and scallop fishermen fear a shrinking patch of fishable ocean will lead to the collapse of the industry.
Dangerous Navigation. Vessels must avoid towering turbines within the massive wind farm maze, some just 8 miles offshore. Sub-stations could be even closer to shore.
Fishing boats will need to steer through rows of turbines that are 900 ft tall, in addition to the rock beds supporting those structures. Power lines buried beneath the seabed could disrupt the trawlers dragging for surf clams.
Opponents to NJ offshore wind worry it will damage fisheries
New Jersey will be the first, major offshore wind farm in the US. Currently, there are two small wind efforts in both Rhode Island and Virginia.
New Jersey’s Offshore Wind War: Fisheries vs Risky Energy Source?
New Jersey was awarded the largest leasing area for experimental offshore winds farms. The wind farms could dominate the fertile fisheries off the shores of Brigantine, Atlantic City…. all the way to Stone Harbor.
Damage could be greater for the industry based out of Atlantic City, which could see 25% losses.