Any guesses why that might be?
The value of catches in the proposed dSAC in the Sound of Barra is £787,000 and in East Mingulay is £86,000.
Para 3.5.8 summarises the restrictions likely to be placed on new developments:
In summary, any aquaculture development proposed in the Sound of Barra and East Mingulay is likely to be affected by SAC designation due to the potential impact on the integrity of the sites. However, harvesting of seaweed is unlikely to be affected.Para 3.8.5 and 3.8.6 summarise the position for offshore renewables:
The precise nature of short and long term impacts of noise and vibration on some of these receptors (dolphins, whales, seals, otters) is poorly understood at present and would need to be factored in all applications using a precautionary approach as well ensuring adequate research into the topic.
In summary, while there are currently no proposed offshore renewable developments planned or proposed in the vicinity of the two dSAC, any proposals for future marine renewable development in or adjacent to the Sound of Barra and East Mingulay could require HRA but this is already likely to be required to satisfy protection requirements of existing Natura sites.Which in plain English means that any offshore developments that might affect seals will need to operate on the precautionary principle, and subject to veto by SNH. As I guessed.
And sub-sea cables will be forbidden, so say goodbye to broadband cables.
Overall the expected impact of the proposals are a loss of £2,180,000 to the fishing sector and a direct cost of £836,00 to the Government if both areas are closed. That will result in the loss of 58 jobs. And you can guess where these jobs will be lost.
Perhaps others can read this report and take something better out of it, but it is a bigger kick in the teeth than we thought.