Offshore dumping is latest idea to combat sea lettuce

St Aubin’s Bay is regularly blighted by sea lettuce in the summer months .

SEA lettuce which washes up in St Aubin’s Bay during the summer could be collected and dumped miles offshore, under plans being considered by the Infrastructure Department.

Barges or small Channel Islands-based boats could be used to take the weed, which blights large parts of the bay during the summer, to areas of fast-flowing currents.

The proposal was announced in the States this week by Infrastructure Minister Eddie Noel.

Previous ideas have included digging channels into the beach to speed up the outgoing tide and carry the weed further out to sea, and hiring a seaweed harvesting machine.

The latter plans were postponed last year when the machine was destroyed in a fire after over-heating on a beach in Brittany.



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Comments for: "Offshore dumping is latest idea to combat sea lettuce"

constables out

Roll on 2018!! only problem is we'll still have the clowns that advise them still in place (civil servants)

karaoke joe

Is there any evidence that this would work?. Has someone switched Ed's light on ? and at what cost to the taxpayer?


It might be the latest idea, but it's not the first time this has been suggested.


Whats the problem ? Many chefs on the Island who could gather it up and wash it. Mixed with some fresh garden veg, assorted peppers and mushrooms in a white wine garlic cream sauce, and it tastes absolutely yummy. Healthy too. End of problem.


They already do, but not from st.aubins bay!

Squawkie L Pelican

It's the odd piece of partially digested sweetcorn that puts me off along with the funky aroma.


I saw Sea Lettuce on sale recently in a Deli in Richmond. It was on sale for £19.90 a kilo.


OK, but doesn't this still leave the fundamental problem of needing a mechanism by which the sea lettuce is collected and loaded on to the awaiting barge - so we either need one of Brittany's harvesting machines, or address the issue of why St. Aubins Bay is so prone to the growth of sea lettuce in the first place.

Presumably the infrastructure department has a broader plan?

Finding Me:Mo

A valid question might just be ;

Which barge ? What debt ? Which Minister?


Oh god!, what's Eddie on now. I think a green seaweed dance, sort of like the Indians did with rain, but sort of reversed, might work. One must have dome sort of faith?


Should have said Some, but I have had some,,,, wine. Hic


After all these years, is this really all that those with their snouts in the trough can come up with - what an embarrassment!

I would expect a class of year 3 pupils to come up with something better, that actually addresses the root cause off the problem.

Every days is an April fools day!!!


The source of the problem is the nutrient rich sewerage outlet at First Tower. See the congregated seagulls around the end of the outlet. Better to treat the source than attempt to clear the resulting sea lettuce. Either extend the outlet or channel it elsewhere where the currents are stronger.

C Le Verdic

Compress and dry it into pellets or briquettes for sale as biomass fuel.

Call it 'Green Energy', assuming it will burn.

Devil's Advocate

...or better still, feed an anaerobic digester with it to produce methane which can then be burnt to produce electricity & heat.


This Sea Lettuce reminds me of a Reform Jersey 'get-together'.

Everybody knows where it is but nobody wants to go there.

Squawkie L Pelican

This lame attempt at troll humour was brought to by Kaz81. Available for childrens birthday parties and bah mitzvahs.

Kaz81, Chatterbox, Slinky, Catso etc. Reminds me of the sea lettuce, 24 inches thick, malodorous, funny as hydrogen sulphide poisoning and undesirable.


I was going to comment but Squawkie did it so eloquently, I didn't to bother.


Lots of countries are looking at using biomass from the sea to create fuel. Bank 2006, the Japanese were ahead of the game: "Japanese researchers have developed a biomass fermentation system that uses seaweed dredged from the shore to produce fuel for generating electricity. Seaweed is one of the few untapped sources of biomass energy that is easily obtainable in Japan, and the plan calls for the research stage to be wrapped up no later than March 2007, with full-fledged electricity generation to begin later in the year. The goal is to create the first power plant in the world to run off of seaweed."

Seems we might be well placed as a supplier if not a producer.

Squawkie L Pelican

This will get solved eventually. Not on Dim Eddies watch though.

Finding Me:Mo

According to the Ministers consultants we have 5-8000 Tonnes in the middle of the summer, all growing a 5-10% per day .So 250 Tonnes per day minimum growth.

That's two barges like the Brechou Warrior full per day to stand still! At best.