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I recently visited broadstairs beach with my family, and whilst there I collected some seaweed (just a small personal quantity) from out on the rocks. Mostly serrated wrack, and some sea lettuce.
I was wondering if this is considered safe to eat i.e. is broadstairs clean enough, or are there any sewage outlets, or the density of human visitors causing polluted environment nearby.
I just want to know if the seaweed is considered contaminated or polluted?
Well, Broadstairs is in the middle of a cluster of Blueflag beaches. In UK terms, that's a reasonable start. Better still, have a look at the very excellent Good Beach Guide run by the Marine Conservation Society (www.goodbeachguide.co.uk). That gives more detail per beach.
used to go on holiday to broadstairs with my parents when i was a kid--used to love it-- wonder if the tartar frigate is still there-
I did a fair amount of research thanks to those who provided links.
I decided in the end not to take the risk. I don't think I would have gotten sick from eating it, but I've no doubt it is polluted. However, there are a number of smaller secluded beaches nearby which would be a better shot. I'll try those next time. Thanks to those who contributed to the answer.
Think you probably made the right decision, but the seclusion of a beach has no automatic relevance to its pollution. Position of sewage outlets and the local currents are far more relevant, so best check those out.