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Cape Sharp pauses Fundy tidal

Further consultation with fishermen before 2MW turbine deployed

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Canada’s Cape Sharp Tidal has halted the deployment of the first of two 2MW OpenHydro turbines in Nova Scotia due to protests from local fishermen.

The joint venture between Irish tidal turbine maker OpenHydro and Canadian utility Emera said it would further consult with the fisherman who have raised concerns about the project at the FORCE site in the Bay of Fundy.

The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association previously sought a court injunction to suspend the installation of the turbines.

Emera spokesman Sarah Dawson said the situation was “unacceptable” but would consult further to allow the fishermen to be “fully heard.”

“We’ve decided to take a pause ahead of the first deployment, to sit down with those who feel they have not had an opportunity to be fully heard, and to hear what they have to say,” she added.

“Our experience is that we always learn from such engagements, and we fully expect this time will be no different.”

Dawson said the consultation could take several weeks.

Image: Open Centre Turbine (OpenHydro)

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