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New Jersey LCV Responds to Recent Scientific Reports About the Impacts of Offshore Wind on Fish and Marine Mammals
TRENTON – The following is a statement from Ed Potosnak, Executive Director, New Jersey LCV regarding recent scientific reports released by NOAA, BOEM, and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance both looking at the impacts of offshore wind on fish and marine mammals.
“After the reports were released NOAA reiterated the agency's previous statement that there is no evidence that offshore wind is causing the recent whale deaths at the Jersey Shore, which remain under investigation. Climate change is the biggest threat to marine life and our oceans. To protect marine life and wildlife, we must address our warming oceans, and offshore wind is part of the solution,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director, New Jersey LCV. “New Jersey LCV advocates for responsibly developed offshore wind in full compliance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and we are encouraged that there is robust scientific review of offshore wind and its impacts. Meanwhile, we need to keep the momentum going toward a 21st century clean energy economy that will protect the Jersey Shore, clean our air, slow the warming of our oceans, and create family-sustaining jobs - all while actually protecting our oceans and the marine environment.”