Following consultation with fishers and anglers earlier this year, we are pleased to announce the publication of the Fisheries Liaison Plan for the proposed Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm. The document can be downloaded here and is briefly summarised below.
Fisheries Liaison Plan
The Fisheries Liaison Plan (“FLP”) has been produced to give the commerical fishermen and charter anglers who operate in or around the location of the proposed Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm (“AyM”) a clear statement about how the developer and project consultants will liaise with them. It has been prepared in accordance with the relevant national guidelines, and takes account of feedback received during a consultation process in April-May 2021.
The objectives of the FLP are to ensure that fishers are:-
- Kept well informed about the progress of the project;
- Provided with adequate notice of survey, construction and other operations; and
- Can operate safely in and around the proposed offshore wind farm.
The FLP relates to the development period of the project, up to the end of the Planning Inspectorate (“PINS”) examination period. Should the project be consented, the FLP will be revised as the project progresses through to construction and operation.
The key features of this FLP are:-
- AyM will appoint a Fishery Liaison Officer (“FLO”) to liaise with commercial fishers and charter angling vessel operators in the area;
- AyM will appoint an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) specialist to consult with fishers and assess the impact of the project on fisheries in the area;
- AyM will appoint a Fisheries Cooperation Strategy Specialist (“FCSS”) to assess the economic effects of the project on fishers in the area and advise on cooperation procedures and actions;
- AyM will seek to minimise adverse impacts of the project on fishers in the area by implementing the measures set out in this FLP.
The full document can be downloaded here.
About Awel y Mor
Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is a project being developed by RWE to the west of the existing Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm. It is located approximately 10.5km off the North Wales coast in the Irish Sea, with a maximum total area of 106km². Full details of the proposal can be found at the project website, awelymor.cymru.
If you have any comments or queries about the FLP or the proposed Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, you can get in touch with me by e-mail or by phone (07908-225865). You can also sign up for free updates on progress on our website here.