Basin Head Lagoon

 

Basin Head Lagoon                     

     Basin Head is well known across the Island and on the mainland for its picturesque beach. Yet, little is known about the Basin Head lagoon. In 2005 it was designated a Marine Protected Area by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The lagoon is important largely because of the type of Irish Moss that grows there. The type that grows in Basin Head Lagoon is unique because it does not attach to the ground like other types of moss and it is larger than others. Most notably, the Irish Moss found at Basin Head has a higher concentration of carageenan, a thickening agent used in many industrial and cosmetic products like toothpaste. The moss in the lagoon has been carefully studied since the 1980s. Since then, scientific studies have shown the amount of Irish Moss to be declining. One initiative to prevent this was the creation of the Basin Head Lagoon Ecosytem Conservation Committee in early 1999. The lagoon is approximately 5 kilometers long and is bordered by a vast sand dune system and agricultural lands. The lagoon is also home to different species of animal and plant life in the area.

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