It’s only nat­u­ral!

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

City of Al­bany says it has no plans to re­move piles of seaweed from Mid­dle­ton Beach, as it is part of the ecosys­tem, de­spite odour com­plaints.

The City of Al­bany will not be re­mov­ing a build-up of seaweed at Mid­dle­ton Beach de­spite com­plaints.

In re­cent weeks the sea wrack has ac­cu­mu­lated on the pop­u­lar swim­ming beach with many res­i­dents say­ing the stench is un­pleas­ant.

City op­er­a­tions man­ager Mike Richard­son said the City would move some of the beach wrack to pro­vide bet­ter ac­cess for beach­go­ers.

“How­ever we do not have any plans to re­move the seaweed at this stage,” he said.

“Beach wrack is a nat­u­ral process that pro­tects our coast, pro­vides im­por­tant habi­tat for a range of beach an­i­mals and gen­er­ally dis­perses on its own ac­cord.”

While some beach­go­ers on so­cial me­dia were dis­ap­pointed the coun­cil would not be re­mov­ing the seaweed, oth­ers said it was a nat­u­ral cy­cle.

“It's an es­sen­tial part of a healthy ecosys­tem and con­trib­utes to beach sta­bil­i­sa­tion,” one reader said. “The smell isn’t that bad, get over it. Those who don’t like the smell, find an­other beach. The en­vi­ron­ment is more im­por­tant than your own self­ish views,” an­other said.

Oth­ers were not as im­pressed that the seaweed was there to stay.

“That’s dis­grace­ful. Ev­ery year this hap­pens and the smell is shock­ing,” one beach­goer said.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Seaweed piles.

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