Fishing Industry Has Filed Against New York Offshore Wind Farm
A team of fishing communities, businesses and organizations directed by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF) is now taking actions against the New York’s off the coast wind farm by halting its lease.
Even the suit has been filed against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of the United States Department of Interior, which seeks requesting court and summary judgment to invalidate the lease. Previously it was awarded with Norwegian firm Stat oil as a part of development to the New York Wind Energy Area (NY WEA).
The expected impacts by the wind farms on the natural resources and the things that rely on them cannot be examined, because of unfolding of leasing process of the BOEM.
David Frulla, representing the FSF and many case’s plaintiffs said in his statement that, “The plaintiffs in this case believe sensible wind energy development and fishing can co-exist. But any offshore energy project must first meaningfully consider the impact on the habitats, marine species and economic interests that may be harmed before selecting a wind farm site and issuing a lease to a private developer.”
The communities and organizations that were connected to the FSF-led suit are listed as: the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association in New York; Garden State Seafood Association and the Fishermen’s Dock Co-Operative in New Jersey; Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance; the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce; Sea Freeze Shore side; The Town Dock in Rhode Island and Sea Fresh USA. Where, the Municipalities joined with FSF-led suit are: the Borough of Barnegat Light, N.J.; the City of New Bedford, Mass.; the Town of Narragansett, R.I.