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Is it safe to eat seaweed from my local beach?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

So... there's tons of edible seaweed on the coast near where I live. However, I'm worried about pollution and so I'm slightly nervous about making it a habitual part of my diet. I live on the Bristol Channel (in the UK). Where I get the seaweed is a few miles down the coast from Avonmouth, a big docks and industrial site. The Bristol Channel is a very muddy tidal estuary.

What do you reckon, would you eat it?

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on October 07, 2012
at 11:46 AM

I don't. I think that it's probably alright, as long as you prepare it properly.

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on October 07, 2012
at 11:37 AM

OK, but do you have a reason to believe it's unsafe? Many people fish around here and eat what they catch.

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:37 PM

Thanks for the link - I've already read it actually - I'm happy with the particular species of seaweed that I'm harvesting, just not sure about its proximity to a port and industrial site 10 miles away

A9808a71e03d9b9602aae53622c64d70

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:34 PM

It's toothed wrack, which is pretty distinctive. It is edible (there are recipies online). There are some poisonous species of seaweed - Desmarestia - but these are mainly in deep water, apparently, and I am sure I am not harvesting those.

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:02 PM

Are all seaweeds edible? Do you know enough about seaweed itself to be confident in what you're harvesting?

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Df6dabaf4b1ef3d5db980ad64c501a5b

on October 04, 2012
at 05:21 PM

I would take a look to see if there is a public agency that regularly test water quality at any nearby sites and publishes the results.

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on October 04, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Simple answer: NO!I mean seriously, why risk it??

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on October 04, 2012
at 03:35 PM

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A9808a71e03d9b9602aae53622c64d70

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on October 07, 2012
at 11:37 AM

OK, but do you have a reason to believe it's unsafe? Many people fish around here and eat what they catch.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on October 07, 2012
at 11:46 AM

I don't. I think that it's probably alright, as long as you prepare it properly.

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:14 PM

I suggest you ready up a bit more. Some seaweed is ok, some is not. Here's a site that talk about some of the issues and mitigations for the UK -- http://www.wildmanwildfood.com/pages/seaweeds.html

Good luck!

A9808a71e03d9b9602aae53622c64d70

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:37 PM

Thanks for the link - I've already read it actually - I'm happy with the particular species of seaweed that I'm harvesting, just not sure about its proximity to a port and industrial site 10 miles away

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