That Stinky Seaweed in Galveston Could Soon Be Edible

Unless you're without a sense of smell (and thus lucky in this case) you've probably noticed that Galveston kind of smells like it's on the edge of the bowels of something unspeakably nasty these days because of the many tons of seaweed that have washed up on our hallowed shores.

Scientists have been working on a plan to deal with all of this disgusting seaweed -- it's actually called sargassum and the folks on Texas and Louisiana shores have been wrangling with it for months. You might have looked at all this seaweed and wondered what in the world would be done with it. Well, Tom Linton and Robert Webster, researchers at Texas A&M-Galveston, are working on a plan.

They are planning on bundling up the seaweed just the way you'd bundle up bales of really foul smelling hay and then packing these seaweed hay bales into blocks. Once baled, the sargassum can be mixed with sand and, combined with existing beach vegetation, help stop beach erosion that has plagued the area for decades, the researchers say. (Obviously by the bales of seaweed hay shall the Galveston shoreline by the saved.)

However, if these guys bundle up all the seaweed ever possibly needed to secure the shoreline, there is another possible option for the sargassum that has been plaguing us all this time. Remember how folks around Houston started dealing with the wild boar problem by shooting the pigs and sending the meat to the food kitchens to feed the hungry? Well, it turns out these scientists might just be able to make the seaweed edible by taking out a lot of the iodine currently found in the stuff.

No one has thrown this out there, but we are wondering if the local food pantries will start offering some rather unusual greens alongside that extremely gamey pork they've been serving.

The Texas General Land Office and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees have awarded the researchers a $150,000 grant to support the seaweed baling project, according to a release. We're really hoping they find a way to make the stuff food too. All joking -- mostly -- aside, it would be pretty cool if such a thing could happen. Assuming it doesn't taste as bad as it smells, of course.


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