UK fishermen want to work together with developers on the planning of a wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire.
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation (NFFO) is warning of the impacts the new development could have on the fishing industry and is calling for more collaboration as the planning stages continue.
The NFFO said it’s important to make sure it’s safe and practical for vessels operating in the area. Making sure cables are buried and remain buried is key to preventing seabed hazards. Some types of fishing such as seine netting might not be able to operate in the area, they added.
The announcement comes after the government this week gave the go-ahead for the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and B wind project off the coast of East Riding in Yorkshire, which will create hundreds of job opportunities in the area.
Barrie Deas, Chief Executive of the NFFO said: “The fishing industry has worked closely with offshore developers for many years to ensure protection for our most important fishing grounds against new developments.
“This kind of collaborative approach has proven the most effective way of limiting potential damage to valuable fishing areas and we must use this as the planning for this particular development continues.”