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bertie Apr 22, 2013 09:41 PM
Is the european environment agency aware that mechanical seaweed harvesting is illegal in the uk?
Is the eea aware of the status of the spanish,french,portugeese and norwegian coasts re mechanical seaweed harvesting.
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EEA Apr 30, 2013 11:03 AM
Dear Bertie,

Mechanical seaweed harvesting and its impacts are unfortunately not topics the EEA is currently working on.
You may find relevant information in the Marine and Coast section of the website of the Directorate General Environment of the European Commission:

Member States are in the process of implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Identification of the main pressures and impacts to the marine environment is one of the requirements of their initial assessments. All this information is public and we are now in the process of analysing it.

This information should also empower the Commission to better assess the adequateness of the monitoring programmes and programmes of measures the Marine Strategy will be defining over the next years to address the pressures and impacts.
bertie May 06, 2013 10:06 AM
Im not surprised that Seaweed harvesting is not a subject that eea is aware of - research indicates that there are hardly any agencies at all are aware of seaweed harvesting and the processes incolved.
This is just the way the companies concerned want it.
The entire Norwegian coast where seaweed grows is now being harvested by trawlers dragging 3 metre wide sleds through the seaweed beds. They do this until the seaweed beds are removed - i can show you the maps from the fiskeriedirektoratet the state organisation responsible for this. So lets be clear - this also includes many bird reserves.
France has the same activity as does portugal and spain - in the uk this is illegal.(i wonder why??)
Textbooks clearly state that it takes 6 years or more for the animals in the seaweed forests to grow back to their former state - seaweed harvesting here occurs every 4 years or less.
You are a environmental organisation and you know nothing of this ---
we have more information on our website
bertie Sep 13, 2013 05:24 PM
I have done some more research and discovered that the european union is not only well aware of what is going on but is also involved in many ways.
Some of the papers detail direct contravention of ospar agreements
Covering up and softening the issue is not in any way helping the environment - have you any idea at all of what is happening in our seas and what is coming???
 There are many indications[…]/hab.pdf we have them here in Norway and they are on the increase, in fact wordwide - just avoiding the sea wont be enough as there is plenty of evidence that these substances are carried inland.
Just what is the penalty for destroying an ecosystem??
What is the penalty for scientists who ignore basic science??