17 February 2013. Marine Minerals Ltd. has come up with the idea of processing the sediment in several areas of the sea where the outfall of rivers has left substantial mineral deposits - one of these would be St. Ives Bay. Although the details are still sketchy, they would design a vessel that would move across the sea floor, sucking up sediment, processing it, returning over 90% and then taking the rest to the shore for processing.
The good news is that Hayle Harbour could benefit from substantial harbour dues, the potential bad news could be damage to the bay. MML is commited to doing the work in an environmentally sensitive way. Save Our Sands, the Chamber of Commerce and Hayle Town Council are all taking a neutral position until the full details are known.