The Magazine for Underwater Professionals
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) unlawfully issued a licence for dumping thousands of tonnes of silt off Cornwall. The MMO admitted it was “made unlawfully”. Papers filed at the High Court said there were “inadequacies” in the way it took the decision to issue the licence.
The MMO had issued a licence to dump 370,000 tonnes of silt about 800 metres from a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) at Whitsand Bay.
Campaigners said in a judicial review that the MMO did not consider the protection of sensitive habitats.
It follows a long-running dispute between the MMO and environmental campaigners who say toxic materials from the dredging is smothering reefs and killing rare pink sea fans near the MCZ.
(Based on a BBC Online News item)
100 years ago
In June 1917, divers were at work in Nyborg (Denmark) busy recovering a cargo of 1200 tons of coal. The cargo had been carried by the steamer Dorka which had sunk 35 years previously, in 1883. The reason for the sudden interest in the cargo was because of the prevailing high price of coal.
150 years ago
In April 1867, in Woolwich, the Admiralty tested the helmet diving apparatus of Rouquayrol and Denayrouze, the latter being a lieutenant in the French Navy. The Commodore-Superintendent and principal officers at Woolwich dockyard gave their “approved satisfaction”. Four of the sets being tested at Woolwich were destined to be sent to the dockyard at Malta for cleaning the bottoms of ships, etc. A further number of sets had been ordered to equip each of HM dockyards.