Scarborough Leader cites Maine Sea Grant statistics in report on invasive algae

Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine was mentioned in a Scarborough Leader article about invasive red algae on Pine Point Beach. Last summer, residents of the beach community asked the town council to ramp up the amount of times the beach is raked and cleaned in order to remove the red algae, Heterosiphonia japonica, which tends to pile up on the beach where it rots, setting off an unpleasant odor, article states. According to Maine Sea Grant, the seaweed, originally from Japan, was first detected in New England in the late 2000s and was seen in Europe as early as the mid-1980s.