First collected in Wellington Harbour in 1987, the Asian brown seaweed Undaria pinnatifida rapidly spread into harbours around the east coast of New Zealand, and scientists feared that it would oust native seaweeds. In East Asian countries the seaweed is known as wakame and is treated as a delicacy, usually added to miso soup.
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