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7:01am 17th December 2011

It is hoped a new maritime masterplan could generate thousands of jobs for Cornwall.

Locals are being asked to shape its future.

The council plan on everything from surfing to ship-building is starting a consultation.

It is an industry already worth almost £500m.

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall said, "Tourism really exists on taking advantage of our assets. Our coast is one of those assets. Tourism is worth £1.3 billion to the Cornish economy which is £3,000 per head of population."

The masterplan has also sparked fresh calls to dredge Falmouth harbour, allowing bigger cruise ships to dock. Some conservationists are worried about the environmental impact it could have.

Peter Childs is the MD of A&P Falmouth, who run the dockyard. He said, "They're looking at all sorts of issues from leisure boats to marinas to walking holidays around Cornwall. The coastline is a fantastic place it has to be protected and everybody recognises that. But we think there has to be a sustainable balance between everything."

7:01am 17th December 2011

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