With the Grunes offshore wind project, we are hoping to make a difference in the area and to get involved with local leaders. Our goal is to use the wind farm as a stepping stone to organize positive initiatives for marine fauna and for fishing activities in general. These propositions will only become reality if the local population accepts the project.
A LOCAL INITIATIVE FOR JUVENILE
With local consent, we intend to create micro shelters for juvenile marine fauna in the 50 m zone around the turbines. These constructions will protect young marine life, highly vulnerable to predation during their youth. Creating appropriate micro shelters on a sea-bed that completely lacks hard substrate can have a positive impact on the biodiversity of a feeding area. This growth will positively impact the food chain, an event that would be beneficial to all.
A GLOBAL INITIATIVE TARGETTING
Aware of the current troubles in the fishing industry, we hope to revitalize the lobster population for fishing by creating specific shelters for young lobsters.
The goal is to encourage hatched larva to attach themselves to constructions that suit their ecological needs. This substrate must offer nourishment and dark shelters. It offers protection against light, tidal currents and the impact of waves; their absence can postpone the establishment of post-larva on the sea bottom. Our suggestion is to lead a repopulation initiative to increase the number of post larva in the farm's zone and to associate this measure with the installation of artificial shelters for the young lobsters. These actions will go to increase the population of lobsters, a highly valued commercial species which is fished on either side of the boundary between France and the Channel Islands.