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Seaweed at broadstairs clean?

by JT101 Online Now Aug 6, 2010 at 4:17 AM

Hello

I recently visited broadstairs beach with my family, and whilst there I collected some seaweed (just a small personal quantity) from out on the rocks. Mostly serrated wrack, and some sea lettuce.

I was wondering if this is considered safe to eat i.e. is broadstairs clean enough, or are there any sewage outlets, or the density of human visitors causing polluted environment nearby.

I just want to know if the seaweed is considered contaminated or polluted?

CHeers

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    Re: Seaweed at broadstairs clean?

    by KakapoTheParrot Online Now Aug 6, 2010 at 4:27 AM

    Well, Broadstairs is in the middle of a cluster of Blueflag beaches. In UK terms, that's a reasonable start. Better still, have a look at the very excellent Good Beach Guide run by the Marine Conservation Society (www.goodbeachguide.co.uk). That gives more detail per beach.

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    Re: Seaweed at broadstairs clean?

    by leics Online Now Aug 6, 2010 at 5:10 AM

    You might be interested to read the seaweed info on this site:

    eatweeds.co.uk/category/edib...

    particularly the comment from Professor Guiry here:

    eatweeds.co.uk/are-there-any...

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    Re: Seaweed at broadstairs clean?

    by barryb2005 Online Now Aug 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    used to go on holiday to broadstairs with my parents when i was a kid--used to love it-- wonder if the tartar frigate is still there-

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  • Re: Seaweed at broadstairs clean?

    by JT101 Online Now Aug 14, 2010 at 5:12 AM

    I did a fair amount of research thanks to those who provided links.

    I decided in the end not to take the risk. I don't think I would have gotten sick from eating it, but I've no doubt it is polluted. However, there are a number of smaller secluded beaches nearby which would be a better shot. I'll try those next time. Thanks to those who contributed to the answer.

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    Re: Seaweed at broadstairs clean?

    by leics Online Now Aug 14, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Think you probably made the right decision, but the seclusion of a beach has no automatic relevance to its pollution. Position of sewage outlets and the local currents are far more relevant, so best check those out.

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