Nuisance alga discovered at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

  • A team of divers conducting marine debris removal efforts in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in September recently found a nuisance alga known to grow quickly and smother coral reefs. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Chondria tumulosa is nuisance alga known to grow quickly and smother coral reefs. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Chondria tumulosa is nuisance alga known to grow quickly and smother coral reefs. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Chondria tumulosa is nuisance alga known to grow quickly and smother coral reefs. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The alga that resembled Chondria tumulosa was located near the north reef of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial (Kuaihelani). Chondria is a nuisance alga that can grow quickly and smother coral reefs. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Special to West Hawaii Today)

A team of divers conducting marine debris removal efforts in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in September recently found a nuisance alga known to grow quickly and smother coral reefs.