Offshore wind farms also a threat
SFF has warned the “deeply unpopular” HPMAS are not the only threat to fishing.
Ms Macdonald’s speech today will also highlight plans for huge offshore wind farms.
These and HPMAs are causing a “spatial squeeze” that means the industry “feels under threat like never before”, she will say.
She will add: “Let us be in no doubt – while the energy sector rushes to show its green credentials in energy transition, these will be massive industrial developments in our own waters.
“Very little is known about their long-term effect. The problem with being ambitious to be a ‘global leader in offshore wind’ means you are also the global guinea pig.”

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