|An account of the attempted control of an introduced marine alga, Sargassum muticum, in Southern England|
|Critchley, A.T.; Farnham, W.F.; Morrell, S.L. (1986). An account of the attempted control of an introduced marine alga, Sargassum muticum, in Southern England. Biol. Conserv. 35: 313-332|
|In: Biological Conservation. Elsevier: Barking. ISSN 0006-3207, more|
Introduced species; Pest control; Sargassum (Bactrophycus) muticum (Yendo) Fensholt, 1955 [WoRMS]; ANE, British Isles [gazetteer]; Marine
This paper details the attempted eradication and clearance programme for the introduced brown seaweed Sargassum muticum (Yendo) Fensholt. Since the introduction of this alga to British coastal waters in the early 1970s, populations have increased rapidly, causing a number of recreational and ecological problems. Various methods including handpicking, herbicides and biological control to combat the spread of the weed have been unsuccessful. Mechanical clearance, a costly alternative, has proved to be a viable proposition; the stages in the development of a working system are presented here.