Commercial Seaweed Harvest

Date: 14/12/2009

New Zealand Government announced commercial harvesting of seaweed cast up on beaches would now be permitted around most of the North Island coast. While beach-cast seaweed might appear to be dead, it forms a habitat in itself, supporting myriad forms of life and is a source of food, shelter and nesting material for other marine and coastal species, says Forest and Bird. It also protects beach sand from erosion and assists formation of dunes. When washed back into the sea seaweed is an important habitat for young fish and is eaten by species such as paua and kina.

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