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Approval Granted for Bournemouth's Artifical Surf Reef

Approval Granted for Bournemouth's Artifical Surf Reef

Published: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:18:25

Europe’s first artificial surf reef – at Boscombe in Bournemouth – has received approval from The Marine and Fisheries Agency and construction can now begin. The Council is on course to start work in spring 2008 and the reef should be ready for use by October 2008.

MFA chief executive, Nigel Gooding said: “We are delighted to be able to issue a licence under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.  A number of complex issues to ensure the protection of the marine environment had to be considered. The MFA had to take into account the potential impact of the reef on local fishermen and any possible danger to navigation. All the issues have been resolved,”

GOSW helped to ensure that there was good communication between Bournemouth and the MFA while the proposals were being considered.

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