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Fisheries activities change in the vicinity of offshore wind farms
Vandendriessche, S.; Hostens, K.; Courtens, W.; Stienen, E. (2013). Fisheries activities change in the vicinity of offshore wind farms, in: Degraer, S. et al. (Ed.) Environmental impacts of offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea: Learning from the past to optimise future monitoring programmes. pp. 81-85
In: Degraer, S. et al. (Ed.) (2013). Environmental impacts of offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea: Learning from the past to optimise future monitoring programmes. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Marine Ecology and Management Section: Brussels. ISBN 978-90-9027-928-2. 239 pp., more

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  • Vandendriessche, S., more
  • Hostens, K., more
  • Courtens, W., more
  • Stienen, E., more

Abstract
    Changes in fisheries activity in the vicinity of the wind farms were described based on Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data of commercial vessels and shipbased survey data of recreational fishing vessels for the period 2010-2011. The VMS density maps show increases in the number of registrations north of the Thorntonbank Phase 3, west of the Thorntonbank Phase 2, and south of the operational turbines at the Bligh Bank. A slight decrease was seen south of the Thorntonbank. Concentrations of recreational fisheries activity at the wind farms were reduced in 2010-2011: observations of anglers decreased and the link with wind farms seemed mostly gone.

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