People who make a living catching fish and lobster off the state’s coast questioned state officials’ commitment to working with the industry on offshore wind.
Wind advocates counter that a recent report obscures the potential for long-term employment as the industry continues to grow.
Recent research concluded that construction of 35 wind turbines in the North Sea had no impact on the area’s lobster fishing grounds.
Efforts to shore up the local workforce have helped counter some fishing groups’ opposition to the state’s burgeoning new industry.
About 85% of comments at a recent series of virtual public meetings were in favor of allowing the offshore wind project.