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Proceedings from the International Caulerpa Conference in early 2002 in San Diego convened Mediterranean scientists with California agency staff and scientists along with others from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and elsewhere to understand the threat of Caulerpa and how to mount an eradication effort, which unfortunately was not done in the Mediterranean Sea.

NOVA produced a video on this topic in 2003 and aired on PBS. This is a link for the Transcript and the video can be purchased through their website.
Link for an excerpt to the book Killer Algae, written by French biologist and scuba diver Alexandre Meinesz, who first detected its presence in Monaco. The book is available from Amazon and others online.

Australian government website for the fisheries agency of New South Wales with information and warnings regarding Caulerpa taxifolia.

Link to online report about the presence and threat of Caulerpa taxifolia within Sydney Harbour, Australia.
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In Mediterranean coastal countries, Caulerpa taxifolia is causing ecological devastation since the seaweed has displaced coral reef plant and fish communities. There is biological damage because the native plants and animals associated with these areas have been replaced by carpets of Caulerpa which have smothered the reefs. Boats with anchors, and fishing lines, would get a tiny piece of Caulerpa attached to them and over time vast areas of Mediterranean waters became infested. Fishing resources became affected, and scuba divers and snorkelers no longer visit areas that previously had beautiful reefs with colorful plants and marine life. Economic impacts now exist in parts of the Mediterranean Sea and Australia to tourism, recreational activities, and fisheries but nothing can reverse the presence of Caulerpa. That is why the quick action in Carlsbad provides important lessons.
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