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A trial dredge off Falmouth has begun today to see if a controversial deep water channel can be opened up to the port. The £200,000 trial will measure the potential impact on rare marine life and the fishing grounds.
Opponents fear dredging will cause damage to the environment, but supporters say it's vital for the future expansion of the port.
Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports:
A controversial trial to see if Falmouth Harbour can be expanded through dredging has begun today.
The £200,000 trial will measure the potential impact of the work.
Environmentalists fear it will damage marine life, including rare seaweed on the river bed. It's expected to last six months.
Mark Sansom, who is the Falmouth Harbour Master says the work is "vital for the future of the port".
But fisherman David Thomas argues that it "threatens the livelihood of all of the inshore fishing fleet".