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'Tidal lagoon' project in Swansea Bay scrutinised by angling interests

28.02.14

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Following the rejection of the most recent Severn barrage (hydropower) scheme, which would have risked widespread ecological harm not least to the improving salmon runs in the Wye and Usk, an application has now been submitted for the world's first 'tidal lagoon' hydropower scheme, also in the Bristol Channel.

The 11 km lagoon wall, enclosing a large segment of Swansea Bay, is to be constructed between the mouths of the Rivers Tawe and Neath, now two of the best salmon and sea trout rivers in South Wales. Fish Legal has argued on behalf of members that the developer's environmental assessment failed to obtain adequate baseline data on these stocks and has underestimated the negative impacts of the massive turbine flows adjacent to migratory routes within the bay.

Fish Legal, the Angling Trust and the local angling clubs led by Pontardawe & Swansea Angling Society commissioned an independent report from consultants APEM Ltd which in contrast advises careful monitoring and mitigation to minimise impacts, with compensation for any unavoidable losses.

Fish Legal aim to secure these protections as obligations on the developer as part of the forthcoming 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project' planning inquiry this summer.

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