I am joining Surfers Against Sewage in calling on Cornwall Council to refuse the license to Marine Minerals Limited for their commercial dredging proposal off the coast of North Cornwall.
The proposal is targeting tin reserves in the sand just offshore of some of Cornwall’s premier tourist spots, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation zones, recreational and surfing beaches.
Dredging millions of tones of sand, up to a depth of 2.8 metres, from as close as 200 metres from the shoreline could result is catastrophic impacts on wildlife, water quality, beaches and surf spots. It could also mean long stretches of sea closures as restrictive zones are placed around the dredging vessels.
Council is the regulatory body of the St
Ives Protection Order. Cornwall
Council has the power in its hands to stop Marine Minerals Limited from
progressing with this potentially catastrophic activity within the St Ives Bay
area, protecting our best assets, our beautiful beaches.
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Join Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) in voicing concerns to Cornwall Council about Marine Minerals Limited's commercial dredging proposal for the North Cornish coast. Cornwall Council is the...
Join Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) in voicing concerns to Cornwall Council about Marine Minerals Limited's commercial dredging proposal for the North Cornish coast. Cornwall Council is the regulatory body enforcing the St Ives Bay Coast Protection Order 2002 and has the power to decide if Marine Minerals Limited can proceed with this ominous commercial venture. The dredging will involve removing, processing and partially replacing millions of tonnes of sediment from St Ives Bay, as close as 200 metres from beautiful Cornish beaches, for the next 10 years.
Surfers Against Sewage has serious concerns about the lack of competency displayed so far by Marine Minerals Limited. Marine Mineral Limited's dredging proposal has the potential to devastate an extremely valuable stretch of coastline. Cornwall's north coast is environmentally important, well used by communities and tourists, and supports numerous established industries and thousands of jobs. Marine Minerals Limited has already unlawfully removed sediments without the required licenses and submitted a deficient project scoping opinion, heavily criticised by both SAS and the national regulator, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
Marine Minerals Limited claims their dredging project could support up to 100 jobs. This sounds like good news in the current economic climate, however, Marine Minerals Limited offer no data to support these figures. Nor have Marine Minerals Limited taken into account any impacts their dredging proposal might have on established jobs in the area. Surfing alone brings in £64 million to the Cornish economy annually and support 1,600 full time jobs. Tourism in the South West dwarfs surfing in terms of revenue and associated jobs. Furthermore, Hayle, smack bang in the middle of St Ives Bay is home to more tourist beds than anywhere else in Cornwall outside of Newquay.
Hidden deep within Marine Minerals Limited's proposal is the disturbing requirement for significant exclusion zones around their operations in the sea, which will prohibit bathers, surfers and other recreational water users from entering the sea and exclude other commercial activities from significant areas of the ocean. On balance the costs seem to far outweigh any potential benefits, unless you are a director at Marine Minerals Limited.
If you share SAS's concerns please join SAS in lobbying Cornwall Council who are responsible for granting or refusing Marine Minerals Limited's commercial dredging license for St Ives Bay. Cornwall Council recently became the first local authority to support SAS's Protect Our Waves petition and officially recognised the value of surfing and the marine environment to the region. The Cornish coastline belongs to Cornish communities, not to commercial dredgers.