In this Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, three wind turbines from the Deepwater Wind project stand off Block Island, R.I. Credit: Michael Dwyer | AP

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CONCORD, N.H. — A fishing industry group is asking several New England governors to postpone the planning process of offshore wind development during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance sent a letter to the governors of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts on Tuesday, New Hampshire Public Radio reported.

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The group requested a six-month halt on the federal planning process for putting wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine. In the letter, the group said efforts to fight COVID-19 will limit the public’s ability to contribute to the process.