Summertime is officially here, which means it’s high season for seaweed at Galveston beaches. While most beachgoers and tourists aren’t so fond of the stinky, crunchy vegetation that can take over the good sunbathing spots, seaweed is important to the life of the beach.
“When you leave seaweed on the beach it helps to create dunes in the sand,” Leah Cast, spokeswoman for Galveston Island, told KHOU’s Sherry Williams. “It does decompose into the sand so, if you can imagine, if we were to take all that seaweed off the beach we’d be taking a lot of sand and causing erosion on the beaches.”
In an effort to share the love and appreciation for the Gulf of Mexico’s scraggly hairballs, the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a seaweed-themed art contest. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, with a grand prize of $500 cash. Judging will occur Saturday, August 3, at the East Beach Pavilion.