Press release

Signature of a partnership to study the feasibility of a sustainable and integrated aquaculture farm within the
Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm.

Paimpol / Saint-Brieuc / Paris – December 20, 2022

  • Ailes Marines , a company 100% owned by the Iberdrola group, and the Northern Brittany Regional Shellfish Farming Committee (CRCBN) today signed an agreement to finance a feasibility study of a farm project in Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (AMTI).
  • This feasibility study of a pilot farm project in AMTI in the park and around the foundations of the offshore wind turbines of the Saint-Brieuc park is carried out and implemented by the CRCBN.
  • This feasibility study, financed by Ailes Marines , aims to determine the regulatory, technical and economic modalities of this innovative project.
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A partnership to study the possibility of developing a sustainable aquaculture farm within the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm

The agreement was signed today in Paimpol by Sylvain Cornée , President of the Northern Brittany Regional Shellfish Farming Committee, and Stéphane Alain Riou , Development and Territorial Director of Iberdrola & Ailes Marines .

Through this partnership, the CRCBN Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture project installed near the foundations of the offshore wind turbines of the Saint-Brieuc park . This study is a preamble to the experimental testing phase at sea .

“We welcome the signing of this partnership with the company Ailes Marines which will allow us to perfect our knowledge of this type of marine farming under new and specific conditions. These offshore installations, unique in Brittany to date, represent a real opportunity to test the feasibility of an IMTA demonstration farm. The studies which will be carried out over the coming months will make it possible to identify the regulatory, technical and economic modalities for the establishment of the experimental demonstration farm. The species that will be tested there are only native species.” commented Sylvain Cornée, President of the Northern Brittany Regional Shellfish Farming Committee.

A feasibility study financed by Ailes Marines and supported by the Iberdrola Research and Development department

Ailes Marines is committed to supporting and monitoring the completion of the feasibility study of this AMTI project supported and carried out by the CRC Bretagne Nord , which will mobilize, to carry out, the local structures and centers of expertise which could support the good realization of this feasibility. For example, players in the Costa Rican “fishing” sector such as the CCI 22 as manager of the Costa Rican fish auctions or the Center for the Study and Valorization of Algae (CEVA) could be consulted.

Ailes Marines aquaculture engineer position which will be integrated into the CRC Bretagne Nord to carry out the feasibility study. This engineer will be responsible for coordinating regulatory expertise (authorization to operate marine cultures, maritime safety, etc.), technical and zootechnical expertise economic feasibility expertise . It will begin in January 2023.

The Iberdrola group, which 100% owns the project company Ailes Marines , is also mobilizing its Research and Development department to support the successful completion of this study.

“The choice of jacket foundations which support the park's 62 wind turbines allows the circulation of water masses and biodiversity. The studies that will be carried out will make it possible to accelerate the data acquisition process and to know whether this type of innovative AMTI breeding solution supported by the CRCBN is compatible with the operation of an offshore wind farm. This type of innovation is increasingly developing in offshore wind farms in Northern Europe.” said Stéphane Alain Riou, Development and Territory Director of Iberdrola & Ailes Marines .

Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) a sustainable alternative

Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) combines the exploitation of various species on the same production site, based on the trophic relationships between the different breeding compartments (algae, shellfish, etc.). This association of species makes it possible to recreate an ecosystem by combining complementary species and represents a real solution for the sustainable development of aquaculture activities. This type of production has the dual benefit of reducing the environmental impact of farming and providing additional activity for shellfish farmers (mussels, oysters, etc.).

The integration of this aquaculture project does not stop at the ecosystem aspect, and also looks at the economic and social components of the Costa Rican fishing industry . Indeed, this project wants to integrate into existing structures (auction, fish trading) and wishes to develop new and complementary synergies on markets other than traditional shellfish farming.

All information concerning the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm project developed by the company Ailes Marines is available on the website www.ailes-marines.bzh

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About Ailes Marines

Winner of a national call for projects with the Saint-Brieuc Bay offshore wind farm project, AILES MARINES is in charge of the development, construction, installation and operation of the offshore wind farm. It is a simplified joint stock company (SAS), 100% owned by IBERDROLA. The key figures of the Saint-Brieuc Bay offshore wind project:

  • 75 km2 of area
  • 62 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD 8 MW wind turbines
  • 496 MW of installed power
  • 1,820 GWh/year of production, i.e. the annual electricity consumption of 835,000 inhabitants (heating included)

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