GR Direct - Sony - Save up to £300 on selected Bravia OLED & LED TVs
Thursday 30 May 2024
 12.2°C   NW Gentle Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Marine / Offshore wind developers urged to protect fishing industry ahead of visit to isles this week

An example of floating wind turbines.

OFFSHORE wind farm developers are being urged to spend some of their billion pound-plus development resources on protecting Shetland’s fishing industry.

This includes a call to make compensation payments for the potential loss of fishing access and income to the local fleet.

Ocean Winds, Mainstream Renewables and ESB Asset Development are behind three proposed floating developments to the east of Shetland, licensed through Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind auction.

Representatives from the three companies are due to visit Shetland on Wednesday and Thursday. Shetland News has asked for the opportunity to interview the representatives of the companies behind the proposals.

Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA) is calling for them to make a series of commitments to ensure that one of the isles’ most vital industries is not crowded out of important fishing grounds.

The Offshore Wind Developer Principles, drawn up by the association in conjunction with Shetland Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and companies Malakoff, Ocean Kinetics, LEF and Voar Energy, ask that developers commit to:

  • Thorough scientific research to assess likely impacts on fish and shellfish stocks and spawning/nursery grounds
  • Independent scientific monitoring of development sites and associated infrastructure
  • Co-operate to ensure that cables are routed into shared and buried cable corridors
  • Prior consultation on offshore mooring system and turbine micro-siting that mitigate the spatial impact on fishing opportunities
  • Liaise with the fishing fleet and other marine users to create passage corridors that allow for safe and timely transit between fishing grounds and harbours/markets
  • Remove all development infrastructure and return seabed to natural fishable state when developments are concluded
  • Make disturbance payments during construction and compensation payments for the loss of fishing access and income to the fleet
  • The use of local fishing boats for guard vessel duty as part of site security arrangements during construction and operation.

Become a supporter of Shetland News


SFA executive officer Daniel Lawson said: “Offshore wind farm developers have vast resources at their disposal to develop these sites, which cumulatively and in conjunction with other spatial pressures pose a grave risk to the future of the fishing industry.

“Given the importance of the industry to Shetland, they have an obligation to commit to these principles.

“This is a fishing community, and we want to work with developers to create a win-win situation, low carbon food as well as low carbon power, with all the economic benefits that both will bring to the isles.”

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.