Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

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Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

Received 31 August 2018
From Merlin Jackson on behalf of Thanet Fishermen

Representation

The Thanet Extension project is being proposed in an area vital to the Inshore commercial Fishermen of Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate and Whitstable. The proposed TE array area and export cable are worked by Fishermen using multiple methods for a variety of fish and shellfish species. The area is fished using Lobster and Whelk pots, trawls, static nets, surface and bottom drift nets. Some of these methods will no longer be possible if the Thanet Extension wind farm is built and the ground will be lost. The inshore vessels are a non nomadic fleet and generally operate within a 25 mile radius of the harbour. The vast majority of the fleet is 10m and under in length. The Fishermen's Association and its members will be objecting to this project on the basis of loss of ground, loss of specific methods, cumulative impact with other projects and a direct impact on local Fishermen's earnings.
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