Calling for Kelp
The effort at keeping invasive miso-soup kelp off the West Coast
Thursday, August 6, 2009
In December 2007 the Weekly took a look at the invasive aquatic species bearing down on Moss Landing and Monterey Bay—and the verdict was mixed.
Elkhorn Slough was a mess, but troublesome Undaria pinnatifida, after being transported via boat hulls and ballast waters from the Japan Sea, was being successfully managed six years after it was first spotted locally.
This week the New York Times reports how San Francisco area experts are struggling with their own counter-invasive efforts—and how those attempts to control the species don’t elicit the romantic sentiments that other protective services do. Consequently, during an economic downturn, monitoring resources are even more limited.