Re: “The moment when Washington shines in offshore wind” [Nov. 22, Opinion]:
Seattle Port Commissioner Ryan Calkins and Brandon Burke explain why Washington State should lead the way in developing offshore wind power here on the West Coast by taking full advantage of Washington’s existing advantages to make this State “an offshore wind power plant”.
The negative impact that these industrial-sized turbines can have on commercial fishing is often lost in the conversation about offshore wind energy. While it is encouraging that the authors mention the need to accommodate oceanic trade by l Early engagement of key stakeholders, there must be a better understanding of how development will alter the physical, biological, economic and social dimensions of the marine environment before such development can proceed. on a large Scale.
Washington’s commercial fishing industry stands ready to use our knowledge of ocean ecosystems to create effective solutions to climate and environmental change. There are opportunities for the fishing industry and the offshore wind industry to be successful. However, the development of offshore wind is a use of the ocean that directly conflicts with fisheries and primary food production, while imposing significant impacts on marine habitats and biodiversity.
Robert Kehoe, Executive Director, Purse Seine Vessel Owner’s Association, Seattle