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Thread: New Zealand Rock Snot Finds Its Way to New England

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    Default New Zealand Rock Snot Finds Its Way to New England

    Icky Algae Worries New England Fishermen - The Huffington Post

    STOCKBRIDGE, Vt. ? It looks like a clump of soiled sheep's wool, a cottony green or white mass that's turning up on rocks and river bottoms, snarling waterways.

    Already a scourge in New Zealand and parts of the American South and West, the aquatic algae called "rock snot" is creeping into New England, where it is turning up in pristine rivers and alarming fishermen and wildlife biologists.

    "It scares me," said Lawton Weber, a fly fishing guide, who first spotted it on the Connecticut River in northern Vermont in June. "It's an aesthetic eyesore when it's in full bloom mode and its impact on the trout population is going to be significant."

    Over the past 10 years, the algae with a scientific name of Didymosphenia geminata, or didymo, has turned up in California, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, the Dakotas, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee.

    This caught my eye, since it bridges my new home and my old home ...
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    That algae looks like the stuff I grew up with in the rivers. If it's the same, then it's been in the West a bit more than 10 years.

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