In a survey scheduled at Hywind Scotland for 2022, Marine Scotland will test three kinds of fishing gear; creels, fishtraps and jigging lines.
Whilst not all of these fishing methods are used commercially around Hywind Scotland itself, the purpose is to demonstrate how methods used globally can interact with floating offshore wind farms.
Earlier in June, a trial survey allowed Marine Scotland to test some of the equipment, in preparation for next year’s survey.
Dr Jared Wilson, Renewables and Energy Programme Manager within Marine Scotland, the Scottish Government Directorate responsible for the integrated and sustainable management of Scotland’s seas said: “As home to the world’s first floating offshore wind farm we are very keen to leverage this position to understand more about how fishers can continue to work safely alongside offshore wind. The results and lessons learned from this initial two day trial will help us inform the approach taken for the larger trial next year.”
Equinor’s Monica Fundingsland continued; “We have seen rapid growth in fixed bottom offshore wind, and expect now to see a similar path for floating offshore wind as new markets are opening up. Safety is always our number one priority and as the leading developer in floating offshore wind, we are using our assets and expertise to understand how fishing can continue safely within the wind farm zones. We would like to build on these initial trials by trialling more fishing techniques in future.”
The full survey is expected to take place over Q2-3 2022.