The West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd and what we do

We are a not-for-profit UK company established in 2013, funded by the owners of several UK offshore wind farms.

We manage funding provided by offshore wind farm owners. These funds are used to finance, set up and support Community Projects that are of direct benefit to the fishing industry that operates in the same areas as the wind farms. We work closely with relevant sectors of the fishing industry to identify suitable Fishing Community Projects.

THE TYPES OF DONATION WE MANAGE

We use donations to fund initiatives that are of a wide benefit to fishing communities affected by the donating offshore wind farm. Only under special circumstance will we fund an initiative with more narrow community benefits (see below*).

Voluntary Donations made by the Offshore Wind Farms

The West of Morecambe Fisheries Ltd Company (WOMF), and the funds it manages, are often donated on a voluntary basis by the Offshore Wind Farm supporters. These Voluntary Donations are usually donated as recognition of the good cooperation that may exist between the fishing communities and the offshore wind farm.  Voluntary Donations are used to support a range of initiatives that have wide benefits to fishing communities affected by the offshore wind farm. For Voluntary Donations, there will typically be ‘calls for proposals’ during which time the fishing communities can submit applications for funding for community projects.

Agreed Donations made by the Offshore Wind Farms

Some funds are donated to WOMF, which are part of formal agreements between the fishermen and the wind farm owners. These are known as Agreed Donations. These agreements and Agreed Donations may be established for example; when there may be a need for spatial clearances of fishing gear /fishing activities, required for pre-construction surveys /construction or for ongoing co-existence agreements.

An Agreed Donation through WOMF is made after an agreement is reached between the wind farm owner and a large fishing community group, such as Fish Producer Organisations, Fishing Cooperatives or Fishermen’s Associations etc. The Agreed Donation is subsequently used to fund initiatives which are of specific benefit to that particular fishing community detailed in the agreement.

Agreed Donations are made as an alternative to direct financial payments by the offshore wind farm to the fishing industry.

Single Business Agreed Donation*

Occasionally an Agreed Donation (see above) is made with an independant individual fishing business /operator. This is known as a Single Business Agreed Donation. In this case the donation may be used to fund an initiative which is of benefit to their business only.

Single Business Agreed Donations are made as an alternative to direct financial payments by the offshore wind farm to the fishing industry.

Corporate and Social Responsibilities

Our donors, the offshore wind farm owners, believe that providing support for Projects in Fishing Communities affected by offshore wind farms is both good business practice and in line with Corporate and Social Responsibilities.

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