Opposed to offshore wind turbines, fishermen demonstrate in Cherbourg and Le Havre

A hundred boats slowed down the activity of these two ports on Friday morning, before a dispute carried out on dry land. Professionals of the sea, they fear that the masts will scarcer the fishery resources.

“No, offshore wind turbines should not replace fishermen!”, “Let’s preserve our heritage and our artisanal fishing!”. Of the fifty trawlers who came to demonstrate at 7 am this Friday in the harbor of Cherbourg, some display these slogans, full of revolt and incomprehension.

“Wind farms are imposed on us in the middle of our fishing grounds without telling us the impact they will have on fishery resources., denounces Philippe Rigault, boss of Heading upstream, registered in Barfleur. There is a project in Courseulles-sur-Mer, right where we go to fish for scallops. However, the examples show that where wind turbines have been installed, particularly off the British coast, there are no longer any fish. “ The concerns are the same further north, at the port of Le Havre, where, simultaneously, around fifty ships express the same anger at the establishment of wind farms. The Channel alone has no less than four installation projects,

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