Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Pulling Seaweeds

The Mercury News is reporting that Japanese kelp (Undaria pinnatifida) has invaded Monterey Bay, California. Though the article seems to imply that this is a newly discovered infestation, this web page notes the invasion was first discovered back in 2001. There is currently a major eradication effort underway by volunteer divers, but they are having trouble keeping up with the algae's high regeneration rate. Bonus points to the Mercury News for using the seaweed's scientific name.

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