Eco lobby criticise 'knee-jerk' sea lettuce harvester plans

PLANS to trial and potentially buy a giant sea-lettuce-collecting machine are a 'knee-jerk' reaction by the States to a problem that is getting worse every year, an environmental lobby group has said.

Eco lobby criticise 'knee-jerk' sea lettuce harvester plans

The SOS group, formerly known as Save Our Shoreline, which was established more than 23 years ago, has criticised plans to invest taxpayers' money in a combine harvester-like vehicle which it is hoped will help to clear the build-up of green slime that is covering St Aubin's Bay.

Every summer in recent years Islanders have complained about the detrimental effect that large quantities of sea lettuce in the bay have on Jersey's image.

David Cabeldu, researcher for SOS, said that the machine, which could cost around £700,000, would not solve the problem and he says that one million square metres (one square kilometre) of beach are affected by the sea lettuce and has calculated that the machine, which is used on beaches in Brittany, can only clear around 20,000 square metres per day.

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