NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Officials in Orange County are working to get rid of aggressive non-native algae spreading in Newport Bay.
Caulerpa Prolifera is known to be harmful to marine life through lost habitat, according to Orange County Coastkeeper, an organization that protects the region’s coast, rivers and streams.READ MORE: School Bus Involved In Crash In Compton
The algae can grow quickly and is native in Florida and other tropical and subtropical areas.READ MORE: Woman Shot, Critically Wounded By Long Beach School Security Officer Near Millikan High
Coastkeeper experts said Caulerpa Prolifera and other algae like it have a history of causing significant damage to California’s waters, along with the Mediterranean and Australia.
“Allowing any species of this algae to become established and spread within California is likely to result in considerable economic, recreational and biological impacts,” according to a statement issued by Coastkeeper. “The hope is that it can be removed swiftly and not get established in other areas.”MORE NEWS: Student Fights Off Suspect In Violent Overnight Attack Near Chapman University Dorm: 'I Chased Him Back Up The Stairs, Cursing Him Out'
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