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Tidal Turbine "test" area off St Catherine's. In late 2016, Alan learnt that this was no longer to be just a test bed site but had changed to being a larger full scale generation site. Even more significant, some protrusion above the sea surface is now proposed. No consultation has taken place about this change which will result in a hazard to shipping.
Background:
Alan initially engaged with the project team to highlight the lack of RSA references in their proposal documents. He subsequently arranged for an informal meeting in 2013 between the team, himself, Tony Williams and Bob Gawn (representing the West Wight Charter Skippers Association). This productive meeting resulted in a greater understanding all round of issues involved. It was highlighted that a particular concern for RSAs is the possible routing of the cables bringing the power ashore, the options for which include transiting the Plaice grounds off Ventnor. In April 2014 Alan received a further visit from representatives of a company that had been engaged to generate a mandatory impact assessment of this plan. Alan provided them with estimates of the level of angling effort occurring in the area as well as reiterating the concern relating to the route of the cables across the Plaice grounds especially as the plan now seems to be to go with option 1 route. He was assured that the cable would be relatively small and its installation should have minimal impact. It remains to be seen what effect the considerable strong protests by commercial fishermen will have on the outcome of this proposal.
Update as of 30-8-2015: Alan had been given the impression all along that the offshore installation would not involve anything on the sea surface but information surfaced in August 2015 that this is not the case & part of the MMO licence application involves the possibility of surface floating structures. In consequence of this new information, Alan has submitted a further input to the MMO requesting that, if the project goes ahead, that there is a requirement to set up a communication network with anglers in order to inform them of any navigation hazards resulting from the project. He clearly stated that just relying on the standard statutory minimum level of communications by way of notices to mariners was not going to be acceptable. It remains to be seen what, if anything, transpires as a result of this request.
 
SC Turbines Chart Opt 1
 
Tidal Turbine test area


Navitus Bay proposed wind turbine park. As of September 2015 the application has been refused.
Alan Deeming engaged with the project team to initially highlight that RSA had not been considered in the original proposal documents. Considerable well publicised consultation occured since the original plan was announced. The hope was that, if it went ahead, then angling would be permitted within the park, which could provide a good haven for fish, free from commercial activity. Alan was informed that the well publicised alternative plan for a smaller area would still remain within the boundary of the original larger area.

The concern now is if a further application is submitted that moves the location further offshore into a significant angling area. 

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