Most of the beaches in Brittany in western France are plagued by masses of green seaweed, a complex form of marine algae.

The seaweed has been known to give off strong toxic gases as it starts decomposing. Inhalation of these fumes may take a toll on human health and can cause death, doctors have warned.

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Masses of green seaweed, which at times emits noxious gasses, is seen on a beach at Kerlaz near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France, August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon

Environmentalists blame the farming practices followed in the region responsible for the situation.

In this regard, members of various ecology groups took part in a fresh protest against toxic seaweed on the beach of Cap Coz near the town of Fousnant in Brittany on Saturday.

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Members of various ecology groups, some dressed in traditional Breton costumes, take part in a protest against toxic seaweed on the beach of Cap Coz near the town of Fousnant in Brittany, western France, September 18, 2011.

Demonstrators presented the point of view of French farmers while they protested at one of the many beaches in the region weighed down by stacks of green seaweed, Reuters reported.

Protestors urged France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon to reduce intensive farming in Brittany and limit the runoff of agricultural waste.

“Help farmers to produce Bio, their placards read.

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A handful of seaweed is displayed as masses of green seaweed, which at times emits noxious gasses, is seen on Kerlaz beach near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France, August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon

The seaweed has been clogging beaches in Brittany for a couple of years. Decaying seaweed releases hydrogen sulfide, a highly toxic gas, which can prove deadly in some cases.

In 2010, a driver of a carrier of the seaweed reportedly died due to exposure to massive dose of hydrogen sulfide released from it in Brittany.

According to scientists, the seaweeds are as deadly for animals as for humans. In another case in July 2009, a horse died at a beach in Brittany.

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A closeup of a clam amongst the seaweed during low tide on Kerlaz beach near Douarnenez in Brittany, western France, August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon