Poole Harbour Commissioners pull plug on Greenpeace loading boulders. Photo: Greenpeace
Poole Harbour Commissioners have pulled the plug on Greenpeace plans to load boulders from their harbour on the south west coast of England.
Yesterday, Wednesday 07 September, Greenpeace defiantly announced that they would be loading more boulders from Poole Harbour that would then be dumped in the marine conservation zone of the South West Deeps approximately 170 kilometres off Land’s End.
In a press release today, Jim Stewart, the Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said:
“Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) operate a trust port responsible for the management of the Port of Poole and Poole Harbour.
On Wednesday 7th September the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise berthed in the Port of Poole for the purposes of crew change and taking on supplies. PHC were subsequently advised that Greenpeace wished to load a cargo of boulders on the 8th of September, which PHC understand were to be deposited in an area controlled by the Marine Management Organisation, an executive body sponsored by the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
PHC subsequently received an email from the MMO instructing PHC not to allow the loading of the boulders in the port and we have been advised that failure to comply with this instruction could result in criminal charges being brought against PHC.
PHC have therefore complied with this instruction. Following discussions with Dorset Police, PHC PHC are willing to offer the use of PHC facilities for a peaceful demonstration and Greenpeace press conference, should they so wish.”
Responding to the news from Poole Harbour Commissioners, fisheries consultant Terri Portmann said: