MCS divers says Falmouth waters will be 'severely impacted' by further dredging

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 16 May 2014

MCS divers says Falmouth waters will be ‘severely impacted’ by further dredging With MCS’s ongoing concerns over Falmouth Port’s application to dredge a deeper shipping channel, MCS divers have surveyed both sides of the Carrick Roads deep water channel in the Falmouth estuary.

MCS divers says Falmouth waters will be ‘severely impacted’ by further dredging With MCS’s ongoing concerns over Falmouth Port’s application to dredge a deeper shipping channel, MCS divers have surveyed both sides of the Carrick Roads deep water channel in the Falmouth estuary. The divers, including MCS Biodiversity Policy Officer, Dr Jean-Luc Solandt and National Seasearch Coordinator, Chris Wood, found particularly rich living maerl reef on the St Mawes (east) side of the channel. Live maerl was much less abundant on the port (west) side, where the dredging would happen. Dr Solandt says they recorded live maerl down to 10m, but at that depth and deeper it was composed of thinner fragments partially covered by mud. Sharks (Bull huss) and thornback rays (right) were also recorded on the dives. “Recent dredge trial surveys funded by the port have been inconclusive over the extent of likely damage to the Special Area of Conservation. Any potential for a likely significant effect under the law restricts the ability for the project to go ahead. We believe the areas we surveyed would be severely impacted directly by the dredge, and by the sediments released into the water column from the extensive dredging operation,” concluded Dr Solandt.

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