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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
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Keywords
    Introduced species; Pest control; Sargassum (Bactrophycus) muticum (Yendo) Fensholt, 1955 [WoRMS]; ANE, British Isles [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Critchley, A.T.
  • Farnham, W.F.
  • Morrell, S.L.

Abstract
    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.

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