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Codling Wind Park will establish a €500,000 Fisheries Fund

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: James Bernthal-Hooker 02/05/2023 Codling Wind Park

Codling Wind Park, a planned Irish offshore wind farm from Fred. Olsen Seawind and EDF Renewables, has announced a €500,000 Fisheries Fund with a €100,000 annual budget. The fund will support the fishing industry in the area of Codling Bank in the Irish Sea.

The fund will support inshore and offshore fishing, with fishers asked to bring forward their own ideas about how it should be used. The wind park will also consider other ideas to support fisheries, and specifically mentioned helping to establish a lobseter hatchery in its announcement.

In addition, Codling Wind Park has published a Fisheries Charter, the first of its kind in Ireland. The charter commits the project “t
o a range of sustainable development practices and responsible stewardship of the waters and seabed on the Codling Bank.”

The fund aims to support fishing communities rather than individual fishers, through port infrastructure and safety improvements and exploring innovation and diversification.

“This €500,000 fund will help support the fishing industry and long-term sustainable fishing on the Codling Bank,” said Co-Project Director of Codling Wind Park Scott Sutherland. “We want to work with the fishers in the area to develop the terms of reference for this fisheries fund to ensure the funds generate maximum benefit for the fishing industry into the future. We want to hear from the fishers about what they think this fund should be used for.”

Co-Project Director Thomas Gellert said: “We are making a commitment to the fishers who use Codling Bank that we want to help them build a sustainable future. We have been engaging with fishers for a long time now on a wide variety of issues. One of the key benefits of this engagement is that we have been able to share with each other our different perspectives and see how the development can and will co-exist with the fishery.”

The 1,450 MW project, a 50/50 joint venture between Fred. Olsen Seawind and EDF Renewables, will be located approximately 13 to 22 kilometres off the County Wicklow coast. Once operational, it will generate enough electricity to power up to 1.2 million homes.

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