It was a bit of a headscratcher-- to the untrained eye, it was just a patch of green seaweed on the reef. But researchers determined it was in fact mudweed-- not ever seen in our backyard before. Turns out this new invasive species may be difficult to remove from our reefs.
So, the standby solutions of community clean-ups, or using the super sucker machine to clear the reef or invaders may not do the trick. We sat down with researcher, Rachel Wade to talk about why scientists are watching this green seaweed closely and why they need the public’s help.