Direct and indirect effects of the introduced alga, Sargassum muticum (Yendo), in subtidal kelp communities of Washington State, USA
Functional group diversity, resource preemption and the genesis of invasion resistance in a community of marine algae
Abalone are a part of the Pacific North West’s natural heritage. Today however, many people associate abalone and the abalone fishery with California, rather than the Puget Sound Georgia Basin which is home to the Northern abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana), also called the Pinto abalone.
Over half a century ago, a non-native seaweed called Sargassum muticum was accidentally introduced into Washington’s inland waters with oysters imported from Asia. The seaweed invaded the entire region, and can be found in lower intertidal and shallow subtidal rocky habitats throughout Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands.
The SeaDoc Society is improving the health of marine wildlife populations and the ecosystem upon which they depend by funding critical research, providing scientific support, and bringing stakeholders together. Like many SeaDoc Society-funded research projects, a recently completed project on sea otters is providing new information that is being used to better manage living marine resources.