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Seaweed or Sea Vegetables


According to the dictionary, a weed is a plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted. So while most aquatic plants are pegged as “seaweeds” the Japanese refer to them as sea vegetables.

Many of the aquatic plants are of great value for both the ecological system in which they live and for human consumption. Algin, a chemical found in aquatic plants is used in toothpaste, shampoo, beer, and many other products and in some places in the US “seaweeds” are the basis of some very productive industries. Kelp is found in ice cream.


 
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City Considers Options for Treating Algae - The City of Anacortes is moving forward with plans to treat algae blooms in Heart Lake, aiming to start sometime in early spring. This summer, the city used an aquatic herbicide to treat the lake for milfoil, which likely led to the algae bloom.


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