(CNN)Six beaches around Saint-Brieuc in the French region of Brittany have been closed to the public due to unmanageable quantities of sea lettuce, which local campaign groups say may be linked to two recent deaths in the area.
On July 6, an 18-year-old oyster farmer was found dead in nearby Morlaix Bay, and initial tests showed that he might have drowned, according to the local prosecutor’s office.
However, local campaign group Halte aux Marée Vertes claims that the victim may have been poisoned by hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas released as the sea lettuce decomposes, reports CNN affiliate BFMTV.
A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office told CNN that there are concerns over the algae and its potential effects. Still, he will wait until the results of ongoing tests on the victim are released before discussing more specific information.
Hascoet told CNN that authorities need to do more to investigate the cause of death when people die in areas where the sea lettuce, or Ulva Lactuca, is present.
“There are 600 deaths per year related to swimming, so we don’t say that every time it’s because of algae, but we’re angry because it’s a hidden phenomenon,” he said.
“We ask that every time someone dies, we need an investigation.”
Annie Laverman, a microbiology researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), explained that more plants are observed in areas with much human activity, including agriculture and wastewater disposal in the sea.
Ines Leraud, an investigative journalist who recently published a book on the algae problems in Brittany, told BFMTV the situation is worsening due to climate change.
Normally dead algae are collected from the beaches every morning, but there is so much this year that it’s impossible to keep up, she said.
Leraud believes that there is a lack of transparency around the issue.
“There are several taboos in this story: there is a taboo on the origins of the algae, and there is a taboo on the effects of the algae,” she said.
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