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Marine renewable energy and Scottish west coast fishers: exploring impacts, opportunities and potential mitigation


Alexander, KA and Potts, T and Wilding, TA, Marine renewable energy and Scottish west coast fishers: exploring impacts, opportunities and potential mitigation, Ocean & Coastal Management, 75 pp. 1-10. ISSN 0964-5691 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.01.005


There is currently a strong political drive for the development of the marine renewable energy industry in Europe, particularly in Scotland. However, little is known regarding the potential impacts upon and opportunities for the fishing industry. Furthermore, there has been little discussion of potential mitigation measures. In depth interviews were conducted with fishers based on the west coast of Scotland to address the gap in knowledge of the potential conflict between offshore renewable energy development and commercial fishers. The key aim of this study was to ascertain the underlying needs of fishers. Three key issues were identified: i) A potential loss of livelihood is of largest concern to fishers; ii) Skills shortages are a potential problem should a loss of livelihood occur; iii) Fishers have varied opinions regarding the potential benefits arising from offshore renewable energy induced changes to the ecosystem. The key needs of fishers were determined to be continued security of employment and income, and control of one’s own life through decision-making based on fact. However, further research is required to answer the question: how can these basic needs be satisfied?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fishers, inshore fisheries, attitudes, perceptions, offshore energy, Scotland
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Human geography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
ID Code:107750
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-03-23
Last Modified:2017-12-06

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