JimC wrote:It strikes me as an environmentally destructive process and I'm not sure what controls are in place to protect the harbour
Hi Jim. Nice to see someone taking action rather than sitting back and procrastinating, watching as the damage continues to be caused right in front of them (out of sight).
I reckon dredging and beam trawling are the most destructive sorts of fishing there is, it ranks up there with the super trawlers. It completely devastates the benthic habitat and all associated with it, undoubtably.
They have been dredging in Belfast and carlingford loughs for some years and those places are now barren wastelands under the water. They aren't allowed to do it in Strangford lough as it is a marine nature reserve, thankfully.
Cork harbour has (had?) a unique and healthy marine environment, it would be a shame to see it destroyed.
I think the main question to them would be to ask if an EIA has been carried out to gauge the damage that might be caused. You can be assured there hasn't, nor that they know what damage they are doing, or care. There has to be an EIA carried out. Mussels are better grown on ropes.
Sorry I can't advise on the legalities of it all, I wouldn't know. I only know of the potential damage that it causes - it destroys the local ecosystem and this damage reverberates throughout the rest of the marine environment (the rest of the harbour).
Keep it up. Good luck with it