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EU votes for fisherman involvement in windfarm plans.

A majority of almost 75 percent of all votes, the European Parliament has made a strong statement and support for cooperation and proper involvement of fishermen in the planning and design of offshore wind farms. A precondition for co-existence and multi-use of fisheries within OFWs.

Coastal and small-scale fishing, which accounts for 80 percent of all fishing vessels in the EU, maybe particularly affected by the installation of new wind turbines in the sea, the resolution reads. Member States should provide for adequate compensation for affected fishermen and facilitate access to insurance for vessels operating in or passing through areas with wind turbines.

Mitigation measures need to be developed before, during, and after the OWFs construction. This should account as well for socio-economic mitigation measures, including compensation

Told by MEP Peter van Dalen