Published: December 19, 2011
Anglers concerned over loss of fishing grounds around Hinkley

Sea anglers in the Burnham area fear that work to expand Hinkley Point power station will result in them losing huge swathes of fishing grounds.

Pete Nicholson, Chairman of the Burnham Water Users Forum, which represents local anglers and boat users, has raised the concerns to power firm EDF and the Town Council.

He explained: "EDF has said there will be no recreational use of the sea in a large area around the proposed 500 metre long jetty at Hinkley during the construction work, which will last several years."

"This means our fishing grounds around Burnham will be reduced by over one eighth of their current size."

"Many local fishermen frequently fish in the waters around the old power station and we don't feel that our views are being listened to or fully taken into consideration."

He added that the group is also "concerned" about the possible impact on fish of effluent discharges into the Bristol Channel.

A spokesman from The Environment Agency, who attended the town council's latest meeting, said the group's concerns would be taken into consideration.

EDF added: "We are undertaking comprehensive survey work of both the tidal flows and the ecology of the marine environment to assess any impact. Experts from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) are assisting us."


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