The seaweed collected at our boat ramps is a valuable resource which we use to protect our beaches from coastal erosion but the procedure is being reviewed due to increased litter.
The seaweed, when placed on the beaches allows for the reclamation of eroded foreshores and further protection following winter storms.
Large amounts of litter is routinely removed from Bellarine Bayside managed boat ramps as it washes up amongst the seaweed.
Due to the ever-increasing amounts of litter appearing, we are reviewing our procedures for the removal of litter. We are working with the Environment Protection Authority, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Bellarine Catchment Network and the City of Greater Geelong to find innovative ways to reduce the amount of litter which is entering Port Phillip Bay through the storm water system.
The outcome will be a reduction in litter found in the seaweed, whilst also ensuring the ongoing practice of seaweed placement for erosion protection continues.