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2010, ABPmer, Pentland Firth Strategic Area, Appropriate Assessment for Leasing Round

2010, ABPmer, Pentland Firth Strategic Area, Appropriate Assessment for Leasing Round

Topic categories:

Birds

Marine Mammals

Last series update:

May 2021

MEDIN approved

Industry:

Wave

Collection date:

Feb 2010 - Feb 2010

Development:

Wave and Tidal Enabling Actions

Publication date:

May 2021

Organisation:

ABPmer

Phase:

Pre-construction

Description

In September 2008, The Crown Estate Commissioners ("The Crown Estate") announced the first round
of wave and tidal renewable energy leasing work within the Pentland Firth Strategic Area (PFSA). To
inform this Leasing Round, and before offering Agreements for Lease, The Crown Estate (TCE) is
carrying out an Appropriate Assessment (AA) in fulfilment of obligations under the Habitats Regulations
and the Offshore Habitats Regulations. On behalf of TCE, ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd
(ABPmer) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have previously carried out a screening and
scoping exercise that identified the European/Ramsar sites (47 sites in total), and their relevant interest
feature habitats/species, for which there was a possibility of a likely significant effect (LSE) from the
proposed Plan. This report now provides the information that is needed for an Appropriate Assessment
(AA) to be undertaken to determine whether the Plan will have an adverse effect on the integrity of any
of these sites.