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Compensation for the fisheries sector

This information space is dedicated to the beneficiaries of the financial compensation measures for the fisheries sector.
The implementation of these compensation measures is the subject of consultations between the fisheries committees, the institutions and the organisations of the fishing industry.

The Project

The offshore wind project off the coast of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc is being developed by Ailes Marines, a company wholly owned by the energy company IBERDROLA.

Winner in April 2012 of the call for tenders n°2011/S 126-208873, Ailes Marines is in charge of the development, construction and operation of the offshore wind farm, in the area defined by the French State, off the coast of Costa Rica.

The Saint-Brieuc wind farm, which is due to be commissioned in 2023, will consist of 62 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 8 Megawatt wind turbines, for a total output of 496 Megawatts. The turbines will be spread over an area of 75 km², with the closest turbine to the coast located 16.3 km from Cap Fréhel.

The expected energy production will amount to 1,850 Gigawatt hours, equivalent to the electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants, including heating.

The 62 wind turbines will be arranged in 7 rows of 3 to 14 turbines, spaced at approximately 1,300 metres. Within each line, the distance between turbines is approximately 1,000 metres.

An electrical substation is located in the centre of the wind farm, aligned with the turbines in the fourth row.

The transport and installation part will be carried out by the companies Van Oord and SAIPEM.

Installation work began in the first half of 2021, with commissioning scheduled for late 2023.

Avoid, Reduce, Compensate

Ailes Marines has implemented all possible measures to avoid and reduce disturbance to fishermen. Nevertheless, the unavoidable exclusion of fishing companies from the construction zones constitutes a loss that Ailes Marines undertakes to compensate.

A sequencing of works has been put in place since May 2021 to reduce the impact of the project on fishing activity.

The following diagrams illustrate the sequence of orders temporarily regulating maritime activities in the bay during the construction of the wind farm.

Since May 2021
To the present day

The system of compensations put in place

In order to take into account the prejudice suffered by the fishing companies which are subject to a significant restriction of their activities linked to the construction of the wind farm, compensatory measures are proposed by Ailes Marines. They are broken down into collective and individual measures to take into account the entire fishing industry.

illustration of the blue fisheries sector

Individual compensation

The compensation is legally regulated and is intended to compensate for real damage, some of which is attributable to the areas closed by the wind farm construction work. This implies that each fisherman must provide proof of his habitual use of the exclusion zones and of his loss of turnover.

What is compensated?

Business losses directly linked to the closure of fishing areas

Which economic actors are concerned?

Fishing enterprises that suffer economic damage

Which phase of the project is concerned?

The construction phase

What is the need to be compensated?

Assessment of the operating loss for the vessels concerned

Since the beginning of the project, Ailes Marines has worked to put in place a compensation process adapted to the needs:
  • 2011: Impact study on the fisheries sector carried out by the consultancy OCEANIC DEVELOPMENT
  • 2014: Analysis of VALPENA data by IN-VIVO and the Breton Fishing Committees
  • 2015-2016: Study financed by Ailes Marines within the CDPMEM 22 on the measurement of economic impacts and the calculation of compensation needs
  • 2017-2018: BMMF mission to study the fishing compensation methodology on the basis of protocols aimed at measuring the impacts of the wind farm project using Visiomer, VALPENA, declarative data and economic questionnaires.
  • 2022: Mission by Breizh Marine Expertise (Yannick Hemeury) to analyse the fishing activity in the wind farm project area.
Today, to facilitate and accompany the fishing professionals concerned, Ailes Marines is mobilising :
  • BMMF to assist shipping companies in providing proof of attendance
  • RICEP is the organisation that will be in charge of the economic aspect to assess the need for compensation for the fishing enterprises concerned

Step 1

online application

Apply online

Step 2


Analysis of my use of the area

Step 3


Study of my accounting data

Step 4


Calculation of the amount of compensation

Step 5


Signature of a transaction protocol

Step 6


Receive your financial compensation

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