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UK fishing community shares its views on offshore wind

Published Jan 15, 2024

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A survey has been launched by scientists at Plymouth Marine Laboratory to understand the impacts of offshore wind farms on commercial fishing in the UK, with the deadline for participation being January 21st. Preliminary results indicate that more than half of respondents have experienced negative effects on catches and profitability, and the majority have had to use different fishing grounds due to the presence of wind farms. Concerns raised by respondents include seafloor cables, damage to the seabed, and impacts on specific fisheries and locations.
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UK fishing community shares its views on offshore wind. Preliminary results from a survey on the impacts of offshore wind farms on commercial fishing in the UK. There is still time to share your views, with the survey closing on the 21st January. The UK is committed to increasing its offshore renewable capacity significantly by 2030, and beyond. However, scientists currently have a poor understanding of the full socio-economic implications and conflicting pressures on marine space of the rapid expansion of offshore wind farms. As such, scientists at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), recently launched a survey to capture responses from those in the industry (deadline January 21st). So far more than half of those surveyed have cited a negative outcome on catches and profitability. PML’s Dr Claire Szostek – project lead – describes some of the initial results from the survey and encourages further feedback from any commercial fishers who have been impacted or think they will be ...
Source: Fish Focus
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