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The Fisheries and Marine Renewable Energy Working Group: An Agenda for Improved Co-existence

Date: February 23, 2015 at 17:21 GMT

As an emerging industry, Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) is expected to play a major contributory role if the UK is to successfully reach its desired target of renewable energy production by 2020 (DECC, 2011). However, due to the competing objectives and priorities of MRE and other industries, for example fisheries, and in the delivering of conservation measures, the demand for space within our marine landscape is increasing, and interactions are inevitable. In this research we investigate the challenges in resolving interactions between fisheries and marine renewable energy. We focus on the improved co-existence between the two sectors and developing a mitigation agenda for fishing effort displacement in the UK. This research was carried out as part of the work of the Fisheries and Marine Renewable Energy Working Group (FMREWG) and funded by the Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme (MREKEP), a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) project and co-ordinated by Plymouth University.   

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