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165 tonnes of sea lettuce removed during first month of a new trial

Since the trial started last month, more than 165 tons of sea lettuce have been collected. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A trial is underway to remove sea lettuce from Jersey beaches.

It involves a new method of collecting the sea lettuce using a rake which reduces the amount of water collected.

The sea lettuce is also being sent to the Green Waste Site at La Collette where tests are being carried out to see if it can be composted along with other green waste.

Since the trial started last month, more than 165 tons of sea lettuce have been collected from St Aubin's Bay.

Our primary objective is to reduce the impact of the sea lettuce on the beach by removing it before it makes the high tide mark.

The trial will continue throughout the summer, at the end of which it will be reviewed.

– Robert Major, Assistant Manager Highways and Beaches

I am really pleased that officers have identified this new method of sea lettuce collection and I hope the trial proves successful. It has certainly been a promising start. We have been trying so hard over the years to improve the situation but a lot depends on what nature throws at us.

– Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for Infrastructure
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