Representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management came face to face with members of the Oregon fishing industry Wednesday to answer questions about the controversial “call areas” that could one day house floating wind farms off the Oregon coast but would conflict with the area’s established fishing grounds.

The bureau announced three call areas off the Oregon coast in March — wide swathes of open ocean meant to be narrowed down in order to find the “least conflict” area possible to build an offshore wind farm. Those areas, since winnowed down to two off the coasts of Coos and Curry counties, drew immediate opposition from the fishing industry and coastal residents who believe any construction within those areas could have a significant negative impact on fishing grounds and the coastal communities that rely on them.

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