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2011, Ichthys Marine, Benefits and disadvantages of co-locating windfarms and marine conservation zones, with a focus on commercial fishing

2011, Ichthys Marine, Benefits and disadvantages of co-locating windfarms and marine conservation zones, with a focus on commercial fishing

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Description

In summer 2010, Ichthys Marine produced a report for Collaborative Offshore Wind
Research Into the Environment (COWRIE) that identified options and opportunities to
mitigate any adverse impacts on fishing activities that resulted from constructing and
operating windfarms. One of the possible mitigation options identified was to co-locate
windfarms with MCZs, so that MCZs are designated in the same areas as, or overlap
with, windfarms. This mitigation option was predicated on the idea that the when MCZs
are designated, conservation objectives may require that some or all fishing activities
are stopped inside those sites, while fishing activities may also be constrained by or
excluded from offshore windfarms. Hence, if fishing was to be affected by both
windfarms and MCZs, co-locating windfarms with MCZs might reduce their combined
impact on the fishing industry.
In summary, more detailed information on conservation objectives for MCZs and on the
management and monitoring regimes that will be imposed to meet those objectives is
urgently needed in order for stakeholders to take informed decisions on co-location.
The findings of this report are solely those of the author, after reviewing relevant
literature and having been informed by stakeholder consultation.

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