Offshore wind development poses a threat to the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and our way of life in Maine
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Stewards of the Ocean
prioritize completing Maine's offshore wind road map before new development projects
Currently, there are two research projects proposed to quickly build out offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine (LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE PROJECTS). Maine's fishing communities are extremely concerned because these research projects will have a profound impact on how the ocean is used and potentially lead to rapid expansion of offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine.
The rapid expansion of projects is moving at a pace that does not recognize the significant impact offshore wind will have on the Gulf of Maine, coastal communities, and Maine's economy. There will be a significant impact on the ecosystem, on birds, bats, marine mammals, fish populations, and the humans who live, work, and play on these waters. There are many unanswered questions about floating offshore wind that must be answered BEFORE we even expand research projects. While combatting climate change must be a priority, we cannot destroy the environment and a way of life while trying to solve our climate problems.
Due to COVID-19, there have been no in-person meetings with fishermen who may be impacted. Online meetings have been used to communicate instead, but this is incredibly difficult for some fishermen who are not familiar with online platforms, and for many who live in rural communities.
Accordingly, we are asking the Governor's office to complete the offshore wind road map before bringing the process of large-scale projects in the Gulf of Maine.
The GUlf of Maine
The breadbasket of the Atlantic
Recognized as one of the world’s most biologically productive marine ecosystems in the world, the Gulf of Maine contains various marine and estuarine habitats. These include salt marshes, seagrass beds, tidal mudflats, underwater rocky outcrops, and kelp beds that provide a home to over 3,000 marine species and birds.
Despite unprecedented market losses, Maine fishermen earned over half a billion dollars for their catch in 2020, valued at $516,796,614.
Maine has over 3,400 miles of coastline and 120 coastal and island communities. An estimated 34% of the state's total population lives within those communities.
Fishing is a defining characteristic within many of these communities. It creates a sense of place that is unique and special, and that draws visitors from around the world.
Fishing families live in every island & coastal community in Maine. In almost half of those communities at least 5% of residents are fishermen.