Mission: Sea Potato
Is sea potato invasive? How widespread is it?
Scientist Lindsay Green and other researchers at University of New Hampshire are interested in the spread of the non-native algae sea potato, or Colpomenia peregrina. Its potential impact on Maine’s native species is unknown. It can be easily confused with sea cauliflower, a native species, so watch out!
- Print the species cards for sea potato and sea cauliflower and a coastal data sheet
- Go into the field and collect data to make your claim of FOUND or NOT FOUND
- If you find sea potato, take note of what it is growing on
- Post your data!
Why this mission matters
New species are moving into the Gulf of Maine, however not all will be invasive. It is important to study these newcomers carefully and investigate if they change the ecosystem or coexist with native species.
By participating in this mission, you'll be on the frontier of investigating this new arrival.