Cumbrian fishermen's fears over turbines

Cumbrian fishermen fear they will be squeezed out if more wind turbines are given the go ahead in the Solway Firth.

The Scottish government has been carrying out a consultation on offshore wind farms and is due to publish potential sites this week.

Among the possibilities are an extension of the Robin Rigg site in the Solway Firth.

Fishermen said they are worried boats will be forced into a smaller area which will become congested.

Chairman of the north west region of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations Ron Graham said more turbines off south west Scotland would force vessels south while turbines off Walney in Cumbria would push them north.

He said: "That small area will become congested."

Mr Graham said there were also worries about the effect of proposed Marine Conservation Zones around the Cumbrian coast and the possibility of European quotas.

He Graham said: "People shouldn't misunderstand the impact of job losses and the impact on local communities around the Cumbrian coast."

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