Quantifying benefits and impacts of fishing exclusion zones around Marine Renewable Energy Installations (QBEX)

The aim of this project is to assess the benefits and impacts of fishing exclusion zones around marine renewable energy installations. A side effect of these exclusion zones could be the potential spilling over of bioresources like fish and invertebrates into the adjacent areas. The QBEX project will quantify this ‘spillover’ in terms of its social and economic value.

The scientists involved in QBEX will use a variety of methods such as tracking technologies and environmental sampling to assess for the first time the importance of potential spillover. The resulting knowledge gained from this project can be used to inform environmental impact assessment of marine renewable energy installations (MREIs).

As a partner within QBEX, our scientists are central to determining the costs and advantages of spillover from MREIs to inform marine spatial planning decisions.

This project has been completed

Key information

Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Project start date: January 2012

Project end date: January 2016

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Dr Caroline Hattam, Dr Tara Hooper