PEI

Sea lettuce stench chases campers away

A campground owner on the North Shore says the rotting seaweed that's causing a stink in many Island waterways, has hurt her business.

A campground owner on the North Shore says the rotting seaweed that's causing a stink in many Island waterways, has hurt her business.

Winter Bay Tent and Trailer Park overlooks the bay near the Corran Ban bridge, on PEI's North Shore. Last Friday, an overpowering stench checked into the 68-site campground. Dorothy Singh has owned the campground for the past 15 years, and says she's never smelled anything like it there.

"Saturday it was unreal. Yesterday it was unreal.##highlight2## It was rank – like someone spreading pig manure. It was that bad."

Singh says most of the campers left Saturday morning.

Provincial Fishery officials say other bays in the province are also experiencing the stink. They say recent storms have washed up large amounts of sea lettuce and warm weather has caused it to rot.

Meanwhile, Dorothy Singh says the wind has changed, and the smell – although still present – is now at least bearable.

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