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Offshore Power Production and Marine Stakeholders: From Understanding Conflict to Impact Mitigation

Research Study Annex IV

Title: Offshore Power Production and Marine Stakeholders: From Understanding Conflict to Impact Mitigation
Start Date:
January 01, 2009
Research End Date:
December 31, 2012
Technology Type:
Info Updated:
December 12, 2014
Study Status: 
Princple Investigator Contact Information: 

Name: Karen Alexander

Address: Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA, UK

Phone: +44 1631 559425


Project Description: 

This thesis draws together the fields of geography, ecology, socio-economics and policy to consider the impact that the placement of marine renewable energy devices will have on seabed use and access. The fishing industry was identified as most affected. Consequences included navigation and safety hazards, loss of access and alternative employment (identified as the most important concern for fishers). It also addresses potential modification of the local seabed through artificial reef creation which may mitigate access loss and other policy recommendations.

Funding Source: 

Supergen Marine Energy Research Consortium: European Regional Development Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Location of Research: 

West coast of Scotland.

Project Aims: 

As little is known about the impact of marine renewable energy installations on the marine environment and its users, this project will contribute to socio-ecological system knowledge and in turn inform policy priority of Marine Spatial Planning. The potential for conflict between the marine renewable energy industry and other marine users and the mitigations measures for this were assessed using the Ecosystem Approach as a conceptual framework. There were three components to the research;

  1. Review of literature to identify stakeholders (use of interactive mapping)
  2. Interviews and mail surveys to investigate potential consequences for the priority stakeholder
  3. Ecosystem modelling to explore potential mitigation
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