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US offshore wind farms raise concerns across fishing industry
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The fishing industry is concerned construction of wind turbines on coastal waters is jeopardizing jobs and the fish population.
As governments pursue renewable energy sources with increasing demand for wind energy, the production of wind turbines is soaring. President Biden set a goal of reaching 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.
The offshore wind turbine market is projected to reach nearly $40 billion by the next decade, according to wind turbine operations and maintenance market research conducted by Transparency Market Research. The turbines convert wind into electricity, which is sent ashore through cables and fed into the regional or national electricity grid to power homes and businesses.
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However, as governments look to save the environment with alternatives to fossil fuel-based energy generation, fishermen tell FOX Business that they are the ones paying the price.
"Sitting these windmills in historic fishing grounds will torpedo the livelihoods of thousands of hardworking Americans and their coastal communities," Bonnie Brady, executive director of the Long Island Fishing Association, told FOX Business.