Take action against killer algae!

Take action against killer algae!

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Sadie Margulis started this petition to government of Malta

Killer algae is taking over the Maltese waters (central Mediterranean) and we would like your help to make change!

Caulerpa Taxifolia (also known as Killer algae) is a genetically modified, tropical algae which has no natural predators and is taking over marine life with little to no way to stop it. Taxifolia was first modified to decorate tropical fish tanks because of how it could survive in the tank conditions and it’s beautiful neon greenish color which makes it stand out against native plants. From the 80’s to the 90’s it was the bestselling plant around the world. 

The algae creates a toxic chemical that keeps fish from eating it, though the toxins are safe for humans and animals, it acts like poison once marine life eats it. Not only are the toxins poisonous but, are so concentrated that some animals would rather starve to death than eat the algae. The Killer Algae is seen expanding by leaping around, more than 100 km apart, something never seen before. This is because the Caulerpa Taxifolia is made up of only male cells, so it can’t expand normally like most plants. Since the algae has no female cells, it means that any part of the plant that falls off can grow a whole cluster of new algae while not reproducing outwards. The algae are much larger and denser than most marine life, causing it to be able to wipe out many species of sea plants. It is also very adaptable and can adapt well to cold or hot regions of water. In some areas where the algae is growing, fish numbers dropped by more than 50%, and where there used to be about 600 species of fish in an area, there are practically none that are alive today. 

The environment needs our help to fight against this invading species. Steps are being taken, but we need your help!

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