Volunteer Opportunity Tomorrow Removes Invasive Seaweed at Pillar Point Harbor

Looking for something to do this weekend? Undaria Removal Event needs help tomorrow pulling out an invasive Asian kelp in the harbor.

Tomorrow, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers are asked to meet at Pillar Point Harbor in front of the Harbor Master's office in Half Moon Bay for an Undaria Removal Event.

Undaria is a long, wavy greenish-brown kelp found dangling off the docks and boats in the marina that’s in Half Moon Bay.

"The removal event give us a chance to remove the reproductive Asian Kelp and their young individuals before they re-populate the harbor," said marine biologist Chela Zabin with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which has organized with an invasive species management coalition, Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN), to spot and remove undaria in Bay Area locations. "New participants are encouraged to come." 

Volunteers are asked to first confirm their participationg by e-mailing  carliane@seajayenv.com or  zabinc@si.edu. An e-mail will be sent out Saturday morning if inclement weather cancels the event.

Wear layered clothing, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bring plenty of water and snacks.

To view pictures of Undaria and get more information about this invasive kelp as well as other upcoming removal events, click here.

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