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A coalition of fishing industry interests has filed a court challenge against the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s recent decision to green-light the Vineyard Wind project, America’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. The group, the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), says that BOEM failed to fully account for fishery impacts when it approved the wind farm’s construction and operations plan (COP), the final federal permit granting permission for construction.

In a statement, RODA said that it engaged constructively with BOEM over the course of the back-to-back environmental impact statement (EIS) and COP reviews for Vineyard Wind. However, RODA said that despite its proactive efforts, BOEM “roundly ignored” its input and made no effort to “minimize unreasonable interference with traditional and well-managed seafood production and navigation.” Read on.