Dredging starts at Falmouth
2:09pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 in News
Dredging work has started in Falmouth harbour as a scientific trial is held ahead to test the effects of the work on the local environment.
The work, which began on Monday, is being led by Plymouth University's Marine Instuitute.
It will see an area of 50 square metres dredged to a depth of 30cm, stored and then replaced to see the effect on the deposits of maerl that inhabit the harbour.
Although the information from the trial will be considered when the decision on whether to allow a full dredge to take place is made, it will not be the decisive factor.
Supporters of the dredging claim the work is vital for the future of the docks as a working port, as larger ships will be unable to access the facilities unless it takes place.
The dredging would also allow larger cruise ships to visit the port.
However, opponents say the work will damage the marine environment and local fisheries, including the oyster beds.