Renewables threat to fishing trade

Struan Stevenson MEP

Struan Stevenson MEP

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CENTURIES-old fishing communities in Fife are under direct threat from the Scottish Government’s offshore renewables developments, an MEP has warned.

Scottish Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson will give a talk at a town hall meeting in the Kingdom tomorrow (Thursday) that is set to bring together opposition to wind farm developments from throughout Scotland.

Mr Stevenson, who is vice-president of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, will claim the “destructive impact” of offshore developments on marine habitats is huge.

He will highlight the plight of fishermen in Holderness in Yorkshire, where consent has recently been given to Danish company Dong Energy for the construction of a 35 square-km wind farm near to one of the most important parts of the Holderness Coast fishery.

The habitat faces complete destruction, while Holderness fishermen will only be able to fish the area with permission from Dong Energy.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Stevenson said: “Fishermen in communities like Pittenweem will be taking anxious notice of the plight facing the industry in Holderness.

“To see the areas they and their ancestors have fished for centuries sold to foreign energy companies, and to have to ask permission from a Danish company to use the remnants, will be too much to bear for many.

“Scientific evidence suggests that the noise and vibration created by the installation and operation of offshore turbines is devastating for marine life and seabed habitats.”

•’Is wind the answer?’ will be held at St Andrews Town Hall on Thursday at 7.15pm.