Experts believe wind farm plans will permanently damage fishing

Daily Echo: ‘Salmon industry at risk’ ‘Salmon industry at risk’

PLANS for a huge wind farm off the Hampshire coast have sparked fears that the project will damage the county’s salmon fishing industry.

Natural England, the agency that advises the Government on wildlife issues, claims the construction of the Navitus Bay scheme will prevent salmon from returning to their spawning grounds.

But bosses behind the £3 billion development say they are taking steps to enable the fish to complete their journey home from the Arctic.

Natural England is worried about a sub-species of salmon that originates in the chalk streams of Hampshire and Dorset, including the rivers Test and Itchen.

It claims the noise made by driving the foundations of the turbines deep into the seabed could deter fish from returning to the rivers.

Salmon are highly sensitive to noise and are said to regard it almost as a physical barrier.

Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust, a charity established to protect the rivers and the fishing businesses that depend on them, echoed the comments made by Natural England.

The trust says it fears that salmon fishing in Hampshire and Dorset could be permanently damaged.

Commenting on the wind farm the trust’s director, Tom Davis, said: “We’re enthusiastic about any strategy that reduces dependence on fossil fuels but not when it has a significant impact on the natural assets we’re here to protect.”

Navitus Bay Development (NBD) aims to start construction in 2017 if the scheme is approved.

Responding to fears about the potential impact on salmon, NBD spokesman Stuart Grant said piling would be limited to eight hours a day between April 1 and April 15.

And he confirmed that no piling would take place between April 15 and May 15, the period of “peak sensitivity” for salmon.

“Discussions with the relevant statutory bodies about these restrictions are on-going,” added Mr Grant.

As reported in the Daily Echo, NBD is seeking consent to build 194 turbines capable of generating enough electricity to power 700,000 homes.

The 200m turbines will be only 14.5 miles from Lymington and less than 12 miles from Milford on Sea.

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12:44pm Mon 23 Jun 14

southy says...

We don't have that many Salmon in our rivers never have done. Its Sea Trout that populate the South Coast Rivers, Trout favours Chalk Streams while Salmon favours Lime Streams.
The damage was done a number of years ago by Water Bailiffs and Southern Water, and now by EA,, the removal of gravel from the river bed a number of years to be cleaned and then replace, but forgot about the Fry that would off been in the gravel, the blocking up of side streams to stop sea trout from entering them to spawn, the piping off streams when building on the land, The Docks vibration 24 hours a day mainly from the container port.
I can remember a time when Sea Trout use to run up Tanners Brook but that stop when they tunneled Tanners Brook in the Docks, Sea Trout also use to run up Mill Stream and up Monk Brook that use to come out at Luggers banks.
We can improve the number of Sea Trout in our Rivers easy by open up all the streams that have been pipe up and tunneled and unblock the ones that have been block up, reopen the side flood gates, Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night.
The real problem those at the top do not know what they are doing thinking that if they keep all the fish in one stream they would be able to watch over them better to stop poachers but what they are really doing is killing the spawned eggs as each one fish as spawn another moves in and distrubs the eggs all ready there and they end up being push down river where there is lest oxgen in the water
We don't have that many Salmon in our rivers never have done. Its Sea Trout that populate the South Coast Rivers, Trout favours Chalk Streams while Salmon favours Lime Streams. The damage was done a number of years ago by Water Bailiffs and Southern Water, and now by EA,, the removal of gravel from the river bed a number of years to be cleaned and then replace, but forgot about the Fry that would off been in the gravel, the blocking up of side streams to stop sea trout from entering them to spawn, the piping off streams when building on the land, The Docks vibration 24 hours a day mainly from the container port. I can remember a time when Sea Trout use to run up Tanners Brook but that stop when they tunneled Tanners Brook in the Docks, Sea Trout also use to run up Mill Stream and up Monk Brook that use to come out at Luggers banks. We can improve the number of Sea Trout in our Rivers easy by open up all the streams that have been pipe up and tunneled and unblock the ones that have been block up, reopen the side flood gates, Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night. The real problem those at the top do not know what they are doing thinking that if they keep all the fish in one stream they would be able to watch over them better to stop poachers but what they are really doing is killing the spawned eggs as each one fish as spawn another moves in and distrubs the eggs all ready there and they end up being push down river where there is lest oxgen in the water southy
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1:25pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Cyber__Fug says...

"Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night"

....and put some of your comrades out of work ?
"Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night" ....and put some of your comrades out of work ? Cyber__Fug
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2:18pm Mon 23 Jun 14

southy says...

Cyber__Fug wrote:
"Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night"

....and put some of your comrades out of work ?
It will not put them out off work Cyber, it will mean that during the working hours more people will be working
[quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: "Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night" ....and put some of your comrades out of work ?[/p][/quote]It will not put them out off work Cyber, it will mean that during the working hours more people will be working southy
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2:21pm Mon 23 Jun 14

southy says...

Also do you realise how many people are employed in this single fishing industry on one river, a lot more than the numbers that work inside the container port, now do you want to see them out of work just because part of nature chain as gone.
Also do you realise how many people are employed in this single fishing industry on one river, a lot more than the numbers that work inside the container port, now do you want to see them out of work just because part of nature chain as gone. southy
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2:30pm Mon 23 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

So what you are saying is that a little wind farm won't make any difference as the damage has already been done, so go ahead with the scheme anyway, right?
So what you are saying is that a little wind farm won't make any difference as the damage has already been done, so go ahead with the scheme anyway, right? OSPREYSAINT
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2:48pm Mon 23 Jun 14

southy says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
So what you are saying is that a little wind farm won't make any difference as the damage has already been done, so go ahead with the scheme anyway, right?
Not saying any thing on that yet Osprey, I want to know more first, but I do know this that certain veribations freq will scare migratory fish away. hving migratory fish in the river will give an indication how healthy a river is
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: So what you are saying is that a little wind farm won't make any difference as the damage has already been done, so go ahead with the scheme anyway, right?[/p][/quote]Not saying any thing on that yet Osprey, I want to know more first, but I do know this that certain veribations freq will scare migratory fish away. hving migratory fish in the river will give an indication how healthy a river is southy
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8:00pm Mon 23 Jun 14

forest hump says...

southy wrote:
Cyber__Fug wrote:
"Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night"

....and put some of your comrades out of work ?
It will not put them out off work Cyber, it will mean that during the working hours more people will be working
Ever heard of demurrage?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: "Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night" ....and put some of your comrades out of work ?[/p][/quote]It will not put them out off work Cyber, it will mean that during the working hours more people will be working[/p][/quote]Ever heard of demurrage? forest hump
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10:55pm Mon 23 Jun 14

southy says...

forest hump wrote:
southy wrote:
Cyber__Fug wrote:
"Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night"

....and put some of your comrades out of work ?
It will not put them out off work Cyber, it will mean that during the working hours more people will be working
Ever heard of demurrage?
Yes I have, and it was not a problem before when the container port had to be closed down between certain hours at night.
There are lea-ways in demurrage its not a fix points, concessions will be given charter conditions like they was before.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: "Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night" ....and put some of your comrades out of work ?[/p][/quote]It will not put them out off work Cyber, it will mean that during the working hours more people will be working[/p][/quote]Ever heard of demurrage?[/p][/quote]Yes I have, and it was not a problem before when the container port had to be closed down between certain hours at night. There are lea-ways in demurrage its not a fix points, concessions will be given charter conditions like they was before. southy
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9:05pm Tue 24 Jun 14

forest hump says...

southy wrote:
forest hump wrote:
southy wrote:
Cyber__Fug wrote:
"Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night"

....and put some of your comrades out of work ?
It will not put them out off work Cyber, it will mean that during the working hours more people will be working
Ever heard of demurrage?
Yes I have, and it was not a problem before when the container port had to be closed down between certain hours at night.
There are lea-ways in demurrage its not a fix points, concessions will be given charter conditions like they was before.
Nonsense. Any delays will be subject to a financial penalty. Please do not challenge as I have worked in shipping for many years.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: "Ask the container Docks not to work between certain hours during the night" ....and put some of your comrades out of work ?[/p][/quote]It will not put them out off work Cyber, it will mean that during the working hours more people will be working[/p][/quote]Ever heard of demurrage?[/p][/quote]Yes I have, and it was not a problem before when the container port had to be closed down between certain hours at night. There are lea-ways in demurrage its not a fix points, concessions will be given charter conditions like they was before.[/p][/quote]Nonsense. Any delays will be subject to a financial penalty. Please do not challenge as I have worked in shipping for many years. forest hump
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