This Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m., in front of the Saint-Brieuc station, nearly 500 fishermen gathered to demonstrate against the installation of a wind farm at sea in the bay of Saint-Brieuc. Fishermen from other Breton ports joined them as well as associations opposed to the project.

This is the second demonstration on land by fishermen from the Côtes d’Armor, in Saint-Brieuc, against the installation of a wind farm at sea after the start of work on May 3 in the bay. As a reminder, the offshore park provides for the installation of 62 giant wind turbines which are to be commissioned in 2023 by the company Ailes Marines, a subsidiary of the Spanish group Iberdrola.

Four days later, on May 7, about fifty fishing boats had surrounded the Aeolus, a gigantic jack-up vessel responsible for laying the foundations of the wind turbines for an hour.

Friday, May 14, a clash between fishermen and law enforcement agencies occurred near the site of the future offshore wind farm, led by RTE, in front of Caroual beach, in Erquy.

A week later, seven fishermen were arrested. One was sentenced to eight months suspended probation, two received six months suspended probation.

This Saturday morning, the Saint-Brieuc fisheries committee called on elected officials and citizens to join them during a demonstration between the station and the prefecture to again signal the fear of a large-scale impact of the project on the fishery resource .

In a letter to the government, the committee qualifies the project as a “declaration of war on fishing professionals”. Set on the seabed, this 75 square km park will be visible from Saint-Malo to Paimpol. It is one of the seven awarded by the State since 2012 in the Channel and the Atlantic, as part of the development of renewable marine energies.

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