Boris is accused by fishermen of “burnishing his green credentials” by destroying fishing areas.
Wind farm projects, according to fishermen, risk displacing them and have “enormous potential” to destabilize the business.
They are concerned that the government’s decision to swiftly expand the amount of water covered by wind turbines will further decrease their fishing prospects. The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations stated the expansion’s “colossal enormity is difficult to grasp” and that it would “encroach substantially into traditional fishing grounds.” By 2030, Downing Street intends to increase offshore wind capacity from 22 gigawatts to 154 gigawatts, creating 60,000 jobs.
French President Emmanuel Macron is planning a similar move to renewable energy in order to lead the world in the fight against climate change.
“We’ve already seen displacement effects of fishing boats by wind farms that are currently in place,” said Barrie Deas, chief executive of the NFFO.
He said yesterday in a press conference that both wind farms and the undersea cables connecting them to the grid were reducing fishing areas.
Modern turbines are five times larger than when they were first installed, and they are now being built over 100 kilometers from coast in waters as deep as 50 meters.
Mr Deas also accused the government of using the creation of 40 marine protected areas to “burnish their green credentials.”
According to him, the adjustments caused Dutch trawlermen to fish in “pristine places that have never been fished before.”
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO) has requested more time to investigate which fishing practices are compatible with the environmental goals of such protected areas.
Environmentalists have said that the government’s move to implement marine protected zones is “welcome and long overdue,” notwithstanding the fishing lobby’s position.
According to Charles Clover, executive director of the Blue Marine Foundation, 60 percent of UK stocks that have been properly examined are still overfished.
“Not all fishing methods are going to be restricted in these offshore protected areas anyhow — only the carbon-emitting, habitat-destroying dinosaurs, dredgers, and trawlers that NFFO mostly represents – a big part of which are foreign-owned,” he told the Financial Times.
Fishermen have been told that post-Brexit fishing rights will be the subject of a decades-long “war of attrition” with Brussels.
The business has warned that access to British coastal waters will make EU-UK relations “toxic.”
The nasty scenes saw off the coast of Jersey earlier this year, when the Navy was brought in to supervise, are certain to resurface. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”