Golden kelp: how did the alien seaweed end up in Irish waters?

Irish Times | Feb 15, 2020 at 6:00 AM
  • After the gales, the season’s shearing of kelp has left many beaches in western coves knee-deep in a dark and pungent harvest.
  • Its leader is Dr Kathryn Schoenrock, whose past research on seaweed and climate took her down to seabeds off Antarctica and Greenland.
  • Golden kelp is notably bare of other sea life, so Schoenrock, concerned for its possible impact on native kelp forests, has appealed to citizen scientists among Ireland’s divers to report any more that they see.