Students Visit Harbour Commissioners
Three students studying Marine Environmental Management Foundation Degree at Falmouth Marine School have embarked on a week- long project trying to strengthen local awareness of Marine Protected Areas (MPA).
The students researched, in detail, the circumstances surrounding the creation of Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas (VMCA) and discussed the importance of establishing a VMCA and the bureaucracy involved in the process and management.
Part of the project involved a consultation with various organisations which included the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Natural England and The Falmouth Harbour Commission. One of the main outcomes of the week was students discovering that there are many more opportunities for students and members of the public to get involved with their local marine environment than first realised.
Angela Bojko, one of the students undertaking the project, said: "It is clear from speaking to Harriet Knowles of the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners that there is scope for a partnership between students and the Harbour Commission to develop research protocols for on-going scientific research."
Harriet Knowles, Environmental Officer at Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, hopes to expand the new relationship with the College: "It was a delight to meet with such enthusiastic students. It would be a great opportunity to establish some good working links between Falmouth Marine School and ourselves, especially with so many enthusiastic students on the doorstep."
Dave Linnell OBE, Principal of Cornwall College commented: "We pride ourselves on providing Foundation Degrees that give students real experience of important and current issues and activities, preparing them for a successful career in their field."