Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Surfing Fears Over Tin Mining Plans
2:46pm 6th February 2013
(Updated 2:46pm 6th February 2013)
Cornwall's famous surfing spots could be in danger if plans to hunt for tin underwater go ahead.
That is according to campaigners who are worried it will mean sandbanks are moved.
Cornish company Marine Minerals want to recover the metal from the seabed off the North Cornwall Coast.
Andy Cummins, Campaigns Director at St Agnes-based Surfers Against Sewage, said:
"We're calling for a lot more investigation into these potential impacts then we can make a position on that. But from all our experience, we think that this has the potential to have devastating impacts for the North Cornwall Coast.
"There's a lot of flora and fauna, a lot of the wildlife on the seabed. It's just going to get sucked up and pressed through a very small sieve, so it's just going to die unfortunately."
Marine Minerals said only a small amount of sand would be moved no decision had been taken to go ahead.
It is conducting a year-long study to assess the environmental impact any work would have.
Chris Davies, Spokesman for Marine Minerals, said: "Traditional dredging is out. We're looking at filtering the tin from the sand at sea and replacing that sand immediately straight back on the sea bed, to really minimise any detrimental effect.
"We're absolutely clear that the project can only go ahead if it's not only financially viable, but also environmentally and socially acceptable as well. But the potential resource that's there, the potential for Cornwall, is so valuable, we think it's worth looking."2:46pm 6th February 2013
Share This StoryTweet
WATCH: Cornwall American: I Can't Support "Someone Like That"
Cornwall News: One verdict as Donald Trump becomes President
NI child abuse inquiry recommends payoffs for victims
National News: An inquiry into historical abuse in Northern Ireland has found systematic failings in the care of children in institutions and recommended compensation.
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
T2: Trainspotting sequel wins over critics
Showbiz News: Trainspotting's long-awaited sequel T2 has won over most critics' hearts, but expectations were far from great.
President Donald Trump's America will withdraw from the world
World News: America is entering a new era of insularity. Ending an age of free trade and heralding one of protectionism.
Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open
Sports News: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.
US Congress broadcast interrupted by Russian channel RT
Strange News: An online broadcast of a US network from the floor of the House of Representatives has been bizarrely interrupted by the Russian news site RT.
Warning Over Disabled People On Cornish Public Transport
Cornwall News: Cornish charity calling for more government support to tackle bullying and isolation