Combined opposition to the windfarm development in the Baie de Saint Brieuc has brought together fishermen and the region’s residents.
A new demonstration is scheduled to take place this weekend in Saint-Brieuc, due to be held on Saturday 29th May.
The Hauts-de-France fishing community in the eastern Channel, which has for fifteen years steadfastly opposed the Dieppe-Le Tréport wind project, will also be coming out in support of the Saint-Brieuc event with a demonstration taking place at 1000 on Saturday in Etaples-sur-Mer.
The Hauts-de-France fisheries committee states that there are significant unanswered questions relating to the effects of windfarms on marine stocks and ecosytems.
‘What is the effect of all this underwater pollution in the form of concrete and cables? What happens with the displacement of marine sediments as sea currents are affected by these constructions?’ a spokesman for the committee said.
‘To date, very few studies have been carried out. The industry is are not against offshore wind power – quite the contrary – but we regret that the various projects are not carried out in close consultation with the fishing sector, which has unparalleled expertise in this field. There are too many uncertainties and it is also vital to remember that beyond the environmental impact, this is also about the sustainability of local businesses, which support families and communities along our coasts.’