Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

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Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

Received 04 September 2018
From Peri Percy and Martin Jackson on behalf of Commercial Fishermen's Rights UK

Representation

I wish to make an objection upon behalf of the commercial fishermen from Ramsgate, Margate, and Whitstable, who use the fishing grounds where Thanet Array is situated, and will lose yet further fishing grounds, if the Thanet Array Windfarm Extension is granted.

Local fishermen from the above Ports, have lost 75% of their fishing grounds in the past 50 years, and are about to lose further HISTORIC FISHING GROUNDS in the future. The value of fishermen "AS FOOD PROVIDERS", has been denigrated by successive UK Governments, and companies wishing to make "A PROFIT" from off-shore resources.

I have stated before that Windfarmers are good neighbours to local fishermen, and at least pay some compensation for ground taken, BUT, the amounts which are paid in compensation are UNREALISTIC compared to fishermen's losses in real terms.

So many different types of fish, and shell fish, can be caught in this area using a multitude of different fishing gear methods, deployed by fishermen coming from approximately a 20 mile radius, and sometimes further, that the extra ground required for the extension should be referred to as "PRIME FISHING GROUND" with the following list of species available to be caught:- LEMON SOLE, DOVER SOLE, COD, WHITING, SKATE, RED GURNARD, HERRING, MACKEREL, PLAICE, POUTAIN, DABS, SEA BASS, HORSE MACKEREL, CONGER EEL, GAR FISH, DOG FISH (NURSES), SPUR DOG FISH, SHELL FISH INCLUDE LOBSTERS,
WHELKS, BROWN CRABS, VELVET CRABS, HERMIT AND SWIMMING CRABS, AND AS YET UNMARKETED IN THE UK, THE COMMON GREEN AND RED CRAB (THESE ARE FEED FOR MANY SPECIES OF FISH) AS ARE SAND EELS WHICH SEASONALLY FREQUENT THE AREA.

If the project is justified as of "NATIONAL IMPORTANCE" i.e. the supply of electricity to the UK, then it should be noted, for the reasons above, this fishing ground is of "National Importance" also, to fishermen and stakeholders alike, who are the great British public who buy the product and enjoy it!

Martin Jackson
Commercial Fishermen's Rights UK
40 years a Trawler Skipper fishing the grounds in question, and many others