Argument: Wave power systems can attract predatory fish, damaging ecosystems

Issue Report: Wave power


Jim Martin. “Wave Energy Projects Threaten North Coast Fisheries”. West Coast Director, Recreational Fishing Alliance. 17 Nov. 2007 – “In October, a panel of scientists met in Newport, Oregon to outline the potential environmental impacts that could be associated with wave energy generators in the ocean. Many of the devices are anchored and tethered to the sea floor, forming an artificial structure that attracts and holds predatory fish, like rockfish, throughout the water column. Out-migrating salmon smolts could face a gauntlet of these fish at the surface, further impacting threatened and endangered species. Loss of fishing area concentrates the effort in smaller areas, contributing to localized depletion of fish stocks.”