From the Bay Citizen:
Regulators have refused to issue permits necessary for the [America’s Cup] to move forward until organizers can prove the event won’t significantly spread invasive seaweed through San Francisco Bay.
Concerns over exotic seaweed, including Undaria pinnatifida, a fast-growing Asian species that reaches 10 feet and poses dangers to native kelp species, prompted the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on Friday to reject a 107-page permit application filed late last month by the Port of San Francisco.
But before anybody panics:
If it appears that it will be impossible to prevent the spread of the seaweed, [Watershed Division Chief Shin-Roei Lee] wrote, then the Port and America’s Cup Event Authority will need to propose compensation, such as providing funds to an invasive species eradication program.
∙ Invasive Seaweed Fears Stall America’s Cup [baycitizen.org]
∙ The 34th America’s Cup Environmental Impact Report (And Issues) [SocketSite]