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Sale of a Common Aquarium Algae Banned

July 24, 2001|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Sale and possession of a common aquarium algae will be banned in San Diego under a measure adopted by city officials Monday.

The City Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that will levy a $250 fine against anyone caught selling or possessing Caulerpa taxifolia.

The fast-growing plant, which displaces native sea grasses that provide nutrition to sea life, was discovered last year in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Unchecked, the algae has severely damaged 10,000 acres of seabed in the Mediterranean Sea.

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