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2010, COWRIE Ltd., Options and opportunities for marine fisheries mitigation associated with windfarms

2010, COWRIE Ltd., Options and opportunities for marine fisheries mitigation associated with windfarms

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Government has committed to the UK generating 30% of its electricity from renewable sources by the
year 2020 in order to reduce carbon emissions, combat climate change and secure the UK energy
supply. A significant proportion of this renewable energy will come from windfarms sited off the UK
coast. The establishment of windfarms at sea has the potential to cause disruption to commercial
fishing activities, including through the loss of access to some fishing grounds for the operational life
of the windfarm.
In light of the potential for fishermen to lose access to significant sea areas within offshore windfarms,
this project was focused on supporting commercial fishermen and dependent fishing communities
ashore over the long term by investigating options and opportunities for marine fisheries mitigation
associated with windfarms. The overall aim of the project was to develop a menu of possible
mitigation options which would be of use to fishermen, developers, regulatory and statutory bodies
and marine resource managers in discussions related to current and future windfarm developments,
as well as in other offshore industry developments and in any future consideration of marine spatial
planning issues. In brief, the aim of this project can be summarised as "Identifying ways to keep
fishermen fishing".

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