Sediment from Melbourneâs Port Phillip Bay dredging is wiping out scallop grounds along the Mornington Peninsula. Scuba divers who dived one kilometre from where the dredge,
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, had just swept through said what they saw âwas pretty devastatingâ. Mr Monaco one on the divers said. âBasically there was nothing on the bottom. Everything has been sucked upâ. The sea bed was normally the habitat of seagrass, scallops, different fish, small stingrays and octopuses. Mr Monaco said âloosened sediment from the dredging could be fatal to filter feeders such as scallopsâ.