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11:26am 3rd May 2012
(Updated 11:26am 3rd May 2012)

Life is a beach in Cornwall.

68 from Polzeath to Porthcurno are in this year's Good Beach Guide.

That is more than ever before.

But six only met the minimum standards for bathing water quality, including Porth in Newquay and Gorran Haven near St Austell.

Full results for the Duchy

The Marine Conservation Society carried out the tests.

Spokeswoman Rachel Wyatt says, "There has been a lot of investment in water quality, particularly from water companies to improve their sewerage discharges. But also, water quality is also heavily influenced by the rainfall so when we have really heavy downfalls, that really does lower water quality".

But campaigners say lots of work is still needed to clean up Cornwall's beaches.

Andy Cummings from St Agnes based Surfers Against Sewage is cautious:

"We're patting ourselves on the back here about water quality standards that were put down 35 - 36 years ago. Even at the highest standards you can still have a one in twenty chance of catching gastro-enteritis and that's nothing as far as we're concerned to be proud about"

"We're still seeing lots of short term pollution incidents from combined sewer overflows and we're able to report on those in real time. So, although it's good to see water quality improving overall, we're still more than aware that there are still major issues"

 

 

11:26am 3rd May 2012

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