Danish offshore wind fishing

The Danish Government has presented a plan to reserve a third of their seas for offshore wind where coexistence with fishing is essential, says the Danish Fishermen’s Association. Photo: DFPO

The Danish Government yesterday, Wednesday 19 April, presented a plan to reserve a third of the Danish seas for offshore wind. 

A plan that requires close dialogue with the fishing industry if there is to be space for both fishing and the many offshore wind turbines, according to the Danish Fishermen’s Association.

“We support the green transition. There is room for the many offshore wind turbines if they are placed in dialogue with the fishing industry. What is crucial is that the government lives up to the promises of coexistence from the foundation of the government. It is a prerequisite for the fishermen to continue to contribute with healthy and climate-friendly food and important jobs. The fishery must be consulted when the offshore wind turbines are to be placed. And as the Social Democrats and the Liberal Party have previously stated, we must be able to fish in the turbine areas,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fishermen’s Association.

Historical environmental experiment

The Danish Fishermen’s Association is also concerned about how the marine environment is being affected, and points out that you must have firm ground under your feet so that you do not end up destroying nature.

“It is an unprecedented experiment with the marine environment that is being launched with the enormous facilities. It is therefore very important that the consequences of the expansion of the offshore wind power plants are analysed and monitored on an ongoing basis. It is absolutely crucial that the marine environment and fish stocks are not negatively affected by the many installations at sea and associated cables,” says Svend-Erik Andersen.

Large local consequences

The Danish Fishermen’s Association points out that it could have major negative consequences for waterfront Denmark and for the supply of healthy and climate-friendly food if offshore wind turbines and energy islands end up putting an end to fishing,

“It will have major negative consequences if, for one reason or another, the development of renewable energy at sea puts a strain on fishing. This applies especially in North and West Jutland, where fishing has a very special importance, just as the supply of healthy and climate-friendly food is going to suffer a break. Overall, it will be really bad for Denmark,” says Svend-Erik Andersen.

Source: Press Release

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