Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Permission Sought for Dredging Trial

News -Falmouth
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

8:01am 8th April 2012

The bid to dredge Falmouth harbour step up a gear.

Bosses have applied for permission to do a trial.

They want experts to study the impact on the environment of digging a deeper channel for things like cruise liners.

David Ellis from the Harbour Commissioners said:

"We are confident that the science will prove that this dredging can go ahead and at the end of it we are looking at in excess of eight hundred jobs being created within the next two or three years and the opportunity to grow and give jobs for the future.

"We are committed to making sure we look after the environment but we also take account of the socio-economic impact. If we don't carry out this dredging the port won't close immediately but the business will pass us by".

Plans to dredge the harbour have been held up because of concerns about the impact of moving maerl, a calcified seaweed that covers the seabed in parts of the Fal, and the effect this could have on the aquatic species living in it.

The trial will see layers of maerl moved to the surface to be temporarily stored. It will then be re-laid in the location it was taken from.

Samples taken before and after will determine what impact this has.

The project is being headed up by Professor Martin Attrill from Plymouth University:

"We'll be going down with divers, taking samples to have a look at how the maerl on the seabed has survived and the organisms that are living within it. The data that we provide will go to the Marine Management Organisation and they can make a decision about whether this is a suitable methins which will allow the dredging to go ahead".

He says it is a world first and could mean Falmouth leads the way for future projects:

"If it does work and provides the vital evidence that the Marine Management Organisation requires then this can be seen as a pioneering project which can help inform other controversial projects like this in the future".

8:01am 8th April 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
cardiff crown court

Jurors given questions at Cornwall man's murder trial

It's to help reach verdict on baby's death

Most read
H&A 1

Death of young man at Cornish recycling plant

Police are making enquiries at the site in Redruth

missing hannah barnes

UPDATE: Fears for missing Cornish schoolgirl

14-year-old Hannah Barnes has been found

Top articles

Death of young man at Cornish recycling plant

Cornwall News: Police are making enquiries at the site in Redruth

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Andy Murray splits from coach Lendl - again

National News: Andy Murray has split from his coach Ivan Lendl for the second time.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Ben Affleck: Men 'must be accountable' over sexual misconduct in Hollywood

Showbiz News: Ben Affleck has called on men to "hold themselves accountable" as Hollywood stars continue to face sexual misconduct allegations.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar throws a spanner in Brexit works

World News: Friday was supposed to be about money, money, money. And not just because the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has come to Sweden, the birthplace of ABBA.

Andy Murray splits from coach Ivan Lendl for the second time

Sports News: Former world No 1 Andy Murray has announced he has split with coach Ivan Lendl for the second time in his career.

Unbelievable! Suspected car thief hides in Chris Kamara's garden

Strange News: A suspected car thief botched an attempted getaway by driving the wrong way down the M1 - and then hiding in football pundit Chris Kamara's garden.

Newer article

Cornish Rower Back on Dry Land

Cornwall News: Stephen Bowens and friend Simon Osborne complete three thousand mile challenge

Older article

Cornish Pirates in Cup Action

Cornwall News: Pirates make the trip to Cross Keys

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall