We believe that while sea-lettuce may currently be a blight on St Aubin’s Bay, we also believe that there are acceptable solutions to the problem. There are 10 different species of Sea-Lettuce (Ulva), all of which are edible. It favours areas of fresh water runoff that are rich in nutrients (particularly nitrogen) such as the mouths of rivers, streams and run-off pipes. Ulva can grow profusely in those areas and it is one of the most commonly encountered seaweeds.
Nutritionally Ulva has 87mg of iron per 100g portion and 700 mg calcium per 100g serving. U. lactuca is made of 15% protein, 50% sugar and starch, less than 1% fat. It is also high in protein, iodine, aluminium, manganese and nickel and contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, soluble nitrogen, phosphorous, chloride, silicon, rubidium, strontium, barium, radium, cobalt, boron, trace elements, ash, fibre etc.
Sea Lettuce or Green Laver, can be used as a substitute for nori, a seaweed used in sushi. Besides soups and salads, it can be toasted over charcoal. When toasted it adds yet another flavour to soups and salads. Ulva can be stored for two or three days in the refrigerator or frozen for six months without loss of flavour.
Further, Ulva can be dried and used as a powder. And in the end, if you don’t like it, Ulva can be used as animal fodder. Ulva is also dried, salted and sold in South America as “cachiyugo.”
We believe that “sea-lettuce” can be used in the production of bio-fuels it is also high in nutrients, it may be used as an ingredient, or the nutrients may be extracted for use in other things or it may be utilised as a high quality animal feed supplement. We believe ignoring the commercial opportunity of a regular sea-lettuce harvest is short sighted.
However, we also believe that Tony Legg’s potential solution of cultivating native Jersey oysters in a micro-reef system has a great deal of merit. The oysters could reduce the risk of sea lettuce blooms by feeding on phytoplankton and food debris in the bay, thereby reducing the nutrition available to the weed. We agree with Dave Cabeldu, of SOS Jersey, writing in the Jersey Evening Post in August 2015, that extending the outflow will not work and will be hugely expensive.
We believe that tax payers demand value for money, creating a commercial enterprise (employment + taxation) or the relatively
inexpensive oyster bed option would demonstrate a commitment to that principle.
We believe that the current plans for a “sewage tax” are ill advised, ill thought out, and highly regressive. The plans as currently formulated will impact hardest on those least able to pay and cause undue hardship. We believe an urgent impact assessment should be made with the issue put to public consultation on publication.
We believe that should any increases in this kind of charge be necessary they should be made through the Parish Rates system and not through general or special taxation.
Remove the vinyls on the windows of the buses. People, especially holiday makers, should be able to see the beautiful Island they are travelling through.
Reintroduce the town hopper bus.