The Swansea Bay scheme will be the first tidal lagoon power generation plant in the world, contributing significantly to the UK’s renewable energy generation.
Tidal Lagoon Power commissioned THA Aquatic to prepare inputs to the Environmental Statement for commercial and recreational fisheries, and to provide technical support to the client team on fisheries matters.
The scope of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon project incorporated a range of routine and specialist activities.
Initial consultations with fishery stakeholders were undertaken and THA Aquatic personnel were integral in representing Tidal Lagoon Power at technical meetings with both the stakeholders and associated regulatory bodies.
Our team also presented scientific evidence at public meetings relating to the project for the purposes of a public inquiry.
THA Aquatic ecologists undertook baseline desk studies of fish and shellfish biology in the South Wales aquatic environment, including spawning & nursery areas, commercial landings and recreational angling sites.
Quarterly baseline fish surveys were conducted in Swansea Bay and the surrounding area using Water Framework Directive (WFD) techniques.
Alongside these studies and surveys on the areas aquatic ecology, we produced scientific insight gained from sophisticated modelling techniques to inform Tidal Lagoon Power on predictive fish behaviour around turbine structures.
“THA Aquatic have provided expert fisheries inputs to Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd since 2012 on the Swansea Bay and Cardiff Tidal Lagoon Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA’s). For Swansea, they delivered the Environmental Statement chapter for recreational and commercial fisheries for which they undertook all the baseline fish surveys. The use of their innovative modelling approaches, such as the fish injury model Striker helped in developing the design of the turbines, and testing a range of scenarios during the EIA. THA Aquatic have supported TLP throughout negotiations with regulators helping to find solutions to key concerns held by stakeholders on fisheries matters.”
Tamsin Watt: Tidal Lagoon Power
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