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2007, Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CMACS) Ltd.,  Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, Post-construction (Year 1) Benthic Grab Survey

2007, Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CMACS) Ltd., Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, Post-construction (Year 1) Benthic Grab Survey

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Description

Burbo Offshore Wind Farm is a twenty-five turbine, 90MW development
located in Liverpool Bay approximately 6km from the coastlines of Wirral,
Crosby and Liverpool. A licence was issued to the wind farm developer,
SeaScape Energy Ltd, which allows them to construct and operate the wind
farm. The licence (31864/07/0) was issued under the Food and Environment
Protection Act (FEPA) and contains a requirement to monitor seabed
sediments and invertebrate communities in and around the wind farm to allow
the Licensing Authority (Marine and Fisheries Agency) to consider:
if any action may be required to mitigate or correct any adverse effects
which may be identified.’’
The benthic (seabed) monitoring programme consists of annual surveys by
grab sampling and beam trawling. It is being undertaken by Centre for Marine
and Coastal Studies Ltd (CMACS) on behalf of SeaScape. The programme
commenced with baseline (pre-construction) surveys in autumn 2005. This
report presents the results of benthic grab surveys carried out in autumn 2007, after
completion of installation of all major components of the wind farm, and
compares the results with baseline and during construction survey data.

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2007, Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies Ltd., (CMACS), Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, Post-Construction (Year 1) Benthic Grab Survey, Report