If you've noticed that our beaches have been a bit smelly lately, this is why.
The usual blankets of seaweed and seagrass are again covering our local beaches in abundance.
This mix of seaweed and seagrass, (collectively known as beach wrack) creates smells that can be considered a nuisance by some beach goers.
The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC), says beach wrack plays a vital role in our coastal ecosystem by recycling nutrients back into food chains that include popular recreational fish species such as herring. Wrack also helps protect beaches from erosion by stopping waves washing sand away and assisting the formation of protective dunes.