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Fishermen deserve say in location of offshore wind farms, argue MEPs

Wind farms can have a severe negative impact on marine life and fisheries, says report

Fishermen must have a say in the location of offshore wind farms, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said on Wednesday.

  • Barry O’Halloran
  • The Irish Times

Building offshore wind farms can have a severe negative impact on marine life and fisheries, according to a report from MEPs, who want the EU to safeguard fishermen’s livelihoods.

A majority of them voted for a resolution calling for fishermen and other interested parties to be allowed take part in decisions on locating and building wind farms.

They highlight that coastal and small-scale fisheries, which account for 80 per cent of…

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