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June 17th 2014

First Wales record of invasive non-native brown seaweed Undaria pinnatifida (Japanese kelp Wakame)

John Bishop of the MBA found the invasive non-native brown seaweed Undaria pinnatifida (Japanese kelp Wakame) at Holyhead marina on the visitors berths yesterday (11th June 2014). He was surveying there as part of a Welsh Government funded project (Resilient Ecosystems fund) surveying marinas in Wales for non-native marine species.

This is the first record of this species in Wales but not surprising as it is has been found in several other parts of the Irish Sea recently. More information about this species and it's UK distribution can be found on the marlin website at http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4547
Added 17/06/2014 16:16