Biodiversity Set To Improve Along South Gippsland Coast

The way it was done has raised concerns

In a move to protect the sea-grass meadow from Port Welshpool to McLoughlins Beach, a team of snorkelers has destroyed an infestation of purple sea urchins by hand. 

The snorkelers used hammers to kill close to 60 thousand of them along the South Gippsland Coast.

Sea urchins are a key part of the ecosystem off the coast; but if there are too many of them, they'll start to eliminate some types of seaweed, which will have negative flow-on effects for the environment.

Animal rights activists have slammed the move, labeling the use of hammers to kill sea urchins as barbaric.