Beachgoers’ opinions split on weed

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Seaweed and sea wrack has built up at Middleton Beach.
Camera IconSeaweed and sea wrack has built up at Middleton Beach. Credit: Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

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 beach-goers.

“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.

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