Opinion: We need to stop burning fossil fuels, fisherman says. It’s killing the fish.

Black Sea bass fish, NOAA

PAUL EIDMAN / STAR-LEDGER – Recreational anglers are seeing first hand that warming waters mean that species are moving farther north than ever before – disrupting fisheries management and throwing off fish migration patterns.

Combined with the fact that offshore wind turbines act as artificial reefs that attract fish, many anglers support responsibly developed offshore wind power. However, conventional electricity generation is also harming fishing in other, less noticeable ways, such as acidification, mortality in power plant cooling intakes and mercury pollution. All of these are reasons recreational anglers should welcome more clean energy such as offshore wind power in our state …

Paul Eidman is the founder of Menhaden Defenders. 

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