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Delay in Decision to Dredge Falmouth Harbour

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7:01am 29th September 2013

There is a delay on the controversial bid whether to dredge Falmouth harbour.

The samples of the trial are now being reviewed by scientists at Plymouth University.

But the results from that are not expected for at least another six months.

It is hoped the dredge would encourage more cruise liners into Falmouth, with the aim to boost tourism and jobs in the area.

But there is concern it would damage the fishing bed and sea life in the harbour.

Falmouth Harbour Commissioner, Dave Ellis, said: "It is a unique trial, inevitably there are always unexpected queries which have built in a delay of probably six months, our best bet is that it will be finished by February.

"We believe that the long term viability of the port of Falmouth hinges on being able to maximise opportunities in the future to ensure commercial shipping wants to come to the port."

He's hoping for a positive outcome of the trial, he added: "It will show that dredging will not have any long-term adverse impact on the marine environment, but also ensure the long-term viability of the port is safeguarded and hopefully improved."

7:01am 29th September 2013

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