The alarm was raised at 4.30pm and, due to the proximity of the blaze to houses in the area, a level-one emergency was immediately declared.
"We must regulate in order that there are no more than four ships. I have let the operators know this."
The government says 3.5% growth. The Centre for Economic Forecasts disagrees.
If the current rate of loss continues, the seabird could be extinct within sixty years.