Fishermen raise concerns over tidal energy centre

By Jon Moreno

Monday, March 10, 2014

 

BUSINESSES in Ventnor are backing the town's fishermen in their bid to thwart plans for a tidal energy centre off the Isle of Wight coast.

They fear the proposed Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre, which would be built on the seabed near St Catherine's Point lighthouse, might decimate Ventnor's important fishing industry.

Ventnor fisherman Geoff Blake said the site was a vital fishery ground for brown crabs.

Neil Gibbs and Meg Mortimer, who own Ventnor seafront businesses The Spyglass Inn and The Met, have planned a demonstration against the proposed development outside Ventnor Haven Fishery, at 12pm on Wednesday.

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Darryl Fry

8th June 2014, at 23:24:47

This is an interesting discussion and part of research I have been doing in Australia. While there are some local affects from EMR and if poorly designed, a small (as yet unrecorded) incidence of collision with large pelagic fish species. But generally it has been found that these structures create new habitat for crustaceans, particularly crabs and lobsters. Increases in populations have been recorded in both experimental modelling and some large commercial ventures. This has subsequently lead to increase in numbers of predatory fish, right up the chain. The structures act as artificial reefs. There is plenty of research on this via google, but they are a bit long-winded.

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by Pete Watson

12th March 2014, at 14:23:24

I agree Tidal Energy is the way forward,Wind Turbines are big ugly and inefficient, St Catherines has the fastest tides, so best place for the Tidal generators I suppose, Or build a tidal barrier from Hurst point to the Island that will be for tidal energy with a bridge on top,Might mess shipping up a bit from entering that way but who cares, we get renewable power,and get off this island when we want, and not be held to ransom from Wightlink,Redfunnel, Hovertravel.

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by John Lovell

11th March 2014, at 15:38:26

So Mr. James McAdder, having been told the facts by Barrie Sheaff, can we expect a "Really, oh dear, I was wrong."
Do tell.

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by Barrie Sheaff

10th March 2014, at 22:25:30

James, high water tomorrow at the following:-
Thurso 0525hrs 1756hrs
Dover 0702hrs 1945hrs
Newlyn 0034hrs 1316hrs

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by Roger Grey

10th March 2014, at 21:53:49

James, please don't put words into others' mouths.
My only, repeat only, objection to windfarms is that they are an inefficient and unpredictable source of energy, which makes them only viable with heavy subsidies. I expect they do damage wildlife, but no more so than the pollution from power stations.
Im the British Isles we often have wind, but we have tides flowing all round us every day without fail. Because water is so much heavier than air it carries far more energy, and it is being wasted at the moment. We need to use it.

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by James McAdder

10th March 2014, at 21:34:33

Odd, neil king, that the anti wind brigade bang on about harm to bird life to justify their objections, yet fish and crabs are of no concern.

Out of sight, out of mindm eh?

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by James McAdder

10th March 2014, at 21:32:05

Of course its to do with visual impact. If wind turbines were 8 foot high do you think there would be the uproar and protests. Of course there wouldn't.

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by James McAdder

10th March 2014, at 21:28:09

Oh really, Barrie Sheaff? Do tell.

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by Roger Grey

10th March 2014, at 19:37:24

I'm anti-wind but that is nothing to do with visual impact. If wind was as reliable as the tides I would be all in favour. But it isn't.
Tides are predictable and reliable, 24 hours a day. If the St Catherines project works, they can be installed all round the coast and give guaranteed, continuous energy.
Crabs are delicious. I eat at the Spyglass and I buy crabmeat from Ventnor Haven. But some things are more important than the Blakes' profit. And there are still plenty of crabs in other places.

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by Barrie Sheaff

10th March 2014, at 19:11:04

" High and low tides are at almost the same time all around the coast"
What nonsense - check your local or national tide tables.

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