A £42m project to refurbish five Cornish harbours is being assessed after a bid for lottery funding.
The Cornish Harbours Project aims to transform and upgrade harbours in Newlyn, Looe, Newquay, Portreath and Falmouth.
It is being led by Cornwall County Council along with local partners.
Inspectors are to visit some of the harbours following a bid for £25m funding from the National Lottery's Living Landmarks programme.
The bid would support a five-year £42m programme of waterfront improvement projects.
Plans include upgrading the seafront at East Looe, creating a new fish market building at Newlyn and developing a community owned marina at Portreath.
Falmouth's waterfront quays and promenades would be renovated and a harbour events area and seafront promenade created at Newquay.
Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall County Council's economy portfolio holder, said: "Cornwall remains one of Europe's most deprived areas. Many coastal communities are still struggling to find ways to face social, economic and environmental challenges.
"This important project will help address some of those issues."
The needs of each participating town or village have been explored through extensive consultation and analysis over a period of several years.