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Posted May 04. 2017 4:23PM

UNH share 30-year seaweed study

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Seaweed and other debris washed up along Ocean Boulevard in Hampton. (JASON SCHREIBER)

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire looked at seaweed populations over the last 30 years in the Southwestern Gulf of Maine and found the once predominant and towering kelp seaweed beds are declining and more invasive, shrub-like species have taken their place, altering the look of the ocean floor and the base of the marine food chain.