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Campaigners fight Falmouth dredging plan

Opponents to the dredging plan are meeting tonight Credit: ITV Westcountry

People fighting a plan to dredge a deep water channel in Falmouth Harbour are meeting in the town tonight. They claim it'll damage fishing grounds and the marine environment.

But business leaders say it's needed to bring in larger vessels and expand the port. A trial dredge has been carried out to check the effect on rare seaweed.

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Falmouth dredging trial begins

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:

Dredge "is vital for the future of the port" says Falmouth Harbour Master

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".