Seaweed everywhere

Thursday February 04, 2016 Written by Published in Environment
Caulerpa cupressoides infestation of Muri lagoon causing modification of sedimentary environment. 16020210 Caulerpa cupressoides infestation of Muri lagoon causing modification of sedimentary environment. 16020210

Algae smothering the Muri lagoon floor and now extensive amounts of seaweed being swept on to the beach at Avana are creating an ugly, smelly mass all along the foreshore.

The smell of rotting seaweed in Avana is awful, particularly during the hottest times of the day.

Muri resident Paul Lynch says locals are trying to cope  the best they can, raking up the seaweed almost daily.

Marine scientist Stephen Lyon says the algae covering the lagoon floor provides excellent camouflage for stonefish and swimmers in Muri lagoon should be aware of this.

Swimmers should have protective footwear and drag their feet along the sea floor rather than walking through areas covered by algae.

                - CINews

1 comment

  • Comment Link Helen Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:46 posted by Helen

    Hello,

    Muri - Rarotonga is such a beautiful spot. Tourist like myself come here for the crystal blue water and white sands.

    I hope the local government and resorts are doing something to fix this problem. It could be detrimental to the tourism of the Cook Island and to the lively hood of the wonderful people in the Cook Island.

    I look forward to reading the news on what is being done to resolve this problem.

    Thanks,

    Helen

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