Ocean City, MD – A federal agency will begin a series of public hearings Tuesday on the planned wind farm off the coast of Ocean City.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is looking at potential environmental impacts and what measures can be taken to reduce them.
Members of the commercial fishing industry have concerns with wind turbines being built on their fishing grounds.
Ted Smith has fished for conch off the coast of Ocean City for 20 years, setting out to sea before dawn. His shortest days are 12 hours long and there’s no time off. He fishes in storms, heat, rain and ice. Smith said fishing and family are the most important things in his life.
“To wake up in the morning and to know that I am to get in this boat and drive out that inlet and the sun is going to come up and I am going to be able to go to work, other than being a father, probably (is) one of the best feelings in my life,” Smith said.
Smith tosses 250 conch pots onto the ocean bottom each trip. Conchs are snail-like creatures that live on the bottom of the ocean. Considered a delicacy by the Chinese, they can fetch up to $4.50 a pound. Smith’s goal is to catch 1,000 pounds each trip. He considers his six-figure salary a modest living, supporting his wife and four children.
Continue reading at wbaltv.com.