Save the seaweed

This organic beach cast product protects our beaches from erosion during high-tide storm events and should be left in place.

A recent photo in The NEWS had a caption that began with the words ‘Power of the sea’ and if one looks closely at the wave breaking against the Qualicum shoreline one will clearly see that the first thing the power of the wave is hitting and tossing into the air is seaweed.

This organic beach cast product protects our beaches from erosion during high-tide storm events and should be left in place, not commercially removed. Local gardeners have used it for years to ad to the soil with great results.

The Ministry of Agriculture was very wrong in issuing a license to allow commercial removal of this weed. It not only protects shorelines it also is a blanket under which sand small fish lay their eggs… which later become food for salmon and other species. There is a lot of science behind what goes on at our local beaches and the MOA has chosen to disregard it and DFO does not care.

There is a public meeting at the Lions Way Community Center in Qualicum Bay on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. hosted by MLA Scott Fraser and RDN representative Bill Veenhoff.

Its time to talk about our disappeared eagles, herons and the awful mess being made by driving tracked vehicles on our Bowser beaches.

Len Walker

Deep Bay/Bowser