The project details the current fish and shellfish resources baseline for the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm development and assesses the potential impacts of the construction/decommissioning and operational phases of the development. The assessment separates the species requiring assessment into three categories, those of commercial importance, migratory species and those having conservation status. For those of commercial importance landings data together with information extracted from contemporary research papers have been used to determine the species present by group (shellfish, teleosts and elasmobranches). Migratory species and those of conservation importance needing assessment are taken as specified in the “Guidance Note for Environmental Impact Assessment in respect of FEPA and CPA requirements” (CEFAS). Landings data by weight for the period 2000-2007 identify shellfish to be the most exploited species in the general area of the wind farm. These are edible crab (Cancer pagurus) followed by lobster (Homarus gammarus), whelk (Buccinum undatum) and velvet crab (Necora puber) to a lesser extent. The baseline study suggests the wind farm site will not to be located within spawning or nursery areas of special importance for these species. A number of elasmobranch species have been found to occur in the general area of the wind farm. Migratory diadromous species and species of conservation importance do not appear to be present in significant numbers in the immediate vicinity of the wind farm nor does the wind farm fall within any important migratory pathways.
2009, Brown & May Marine Ltd, Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm, Fish & Shellfish Resources