Friday, December 5, 2014

Kelp Line

I don't know if I ever posted this picture of huge piles of kelp and seaweed washed up on Bishop's Beach. I took it Sept. 30, 2009 and am forever amazed by it. These piles are two feet high, more than two feet wide and stretch as far as the eye can see. That's a lot of kelp and seaweed! I have heard we are not supposed to collect kelp or seaweed, so even though I really want to in order to add it to my compost (after rinsing it with clean, non-salty water), I have resisted. On a day like this when abundance was evident, it was doubly difficult to resist.


Renee said...

Just found your blog :) Looking forward to reading through! I wonder why your not supposed to collect the kelp??

Michelle Waclawski said...

I think the not collecting kelp goes along with not collecting anything: if too many people take things it will change the ecosystem and affect our environment in a negative way. It would be no big deal if just a few people did it, but as populations increase, more and more people impact the world around them. From what I've heard Alaskan Natives are allowed to collect as it is part of their heritage.

Renee said...

Oh right! That makes sense! Thanks :)