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Protect Rare Sea Fans from MOD’s Warship Dredging
Because pink sea fans are so vulnerable to damage and slow-growing, they are supposed to be protected. But this rare coral found off the coast near Plymouth, England is being buried in silt.
Dredged from Devonport docks in River Tamar, the silt is being dumped in Whitsand Bay — where parts of the reef are already completely submerged.
Since the 1980s over five million tonnes have been deposited at Whitsand, and now the Ministry of Defence wants licence to continue its dumping for yet another two years, adding over 300 thousand more tonnes to the bay!
Although the MoD says the dredging is essential to clear channels for warships at the docks, environmental groups argue that Lyme Bay has been protected from dredged silt — so why not Whitsand Bay? They’ve written the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which grants dumping licences, asking for an explanation.
But a BBC report says the MMO is demanding evidence that Whitsand’s sea fans are at risk, while refusing to consider further investigation into the matter.
Tell UK’s Marine Management Organisation to protect Whitsand Bay’s pink sea fans from dredging.
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