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Warning Over Plastic Washed Up On Cornish Beaches
7:02am 1st March 2014
Developers at Carlyon Bay say they are removing plastic mesh dubbed a 'serious pollution incident'
The building material in the sand was exposed by the recent storms.
Conservationists warn it is potentially deathly to marine animals as they battle to clear scores of beaches and coves around the Duchy.
Nikki Clear from Cornwall Wildlife Trust told Pirate FM washed up rubbish and plastics are a huge problem for wildlife: "Usually entanglement, especially from nets and plastic rubbish that can get caught around the neck or legs of any wildlife. There have been a number of beach cleans that have been happening which is fantastic but if anybody on the beaches could just pick up a few bits of plastic as they're walking along and get as much off the beach as possible.
"I've personally never seen as much debris as we have experienced but it has been unprecedented weather that we've been having recently so coming together and acting together as a community is key"
A spokesperson for Carlyon Bat developers CEG said: "We are aware of the problem regarding the geogrid material, which was revealed as a result of the series of atrocious storms that have battered the coastline, and have been dealing with it as quickly as possible by removing all the remaining exposed material to minimise the effects," said Jacky Swain, site manager for Commercial Estates Group. "The Marine Management Organisation has visited the site and witnessed our clean-up process and we've informed them that we'll be keeping a close eye on any further storm impacts to make sure that this is not repeated.
"We, like the rest of the country, have been facing exceptional weather conditions which have caused all sorts of problems around the South West coastal area with many alien objects and substances finding their way into the marine environment."
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