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AUS: Bumper Sea Lettuce Season

AUS: Bumper Sea Lettuce Season

The predicted strong El Nino weather pattern has Tauranga City and Bay of Plenty regional councils gearing up for a busy sea lettuce season around Tauranga Harbour. Tauranga Harbour projects manager Bruce Gardner says the councils want to find and collect any large piles of beach-cast sea lettuce before they get too smelly. Last year, 350 tonnes were collected and turned into commercial compost at the Te Maunga compost facility. This year, the councils are keen to hear from anyone else who wants it. “If it’s a bumper season in the northern harbour, we need to minimise the high cost of cartage back to Te Maunga, and having some alternative disposal options closer to accumulation sites would be a big help.” With careful washing and dilution, beach-cast sea lettuce can be an effective compost or orchard mulch. (Source: nzcity.co.nz)