The dredging and disposal of material from ports, harbours, berths and marinas within the River Tamar and Plymouth Sound area is an ongoing activity that has been undertaken for over one hundred years. The dredged material has historically been disposed to the Rame Head South disposal site (PL031), a long standing open disposal site located approximately 6 km to the west of Plymouth Sound.
In light of the continued requirement for dredging and disposal operations and the increased regulatory burden surrounding the Rame Head disposal site, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is working with users of the site in leading a disposal site characterisation study to identify an optimal, sustainable alternative site for long-term dredged material disposal operations.
In December 2015 the Marine Management Organisation commissioned Cefas to undertake a site selection exercise as part of a characterisation study to identify potential alternative dredged material disposal sites. This selection process is a high level assessment to identify the most appropriate area/s within which a new disposal site could be located which would then be subject to a more detailed characterisation exercise. The report presents the outcomes of the disposal site selection exercise.
Marine Licensing Team
Telephone: 0300 123 1032