Tagged seaweed

Who Owns Downeast Maine’s Seaweed?

Rockweed, the green-brown seaweed found along Maine’s coastline, has commercial value in and of itself, primarily as an additive for the food and drug industry as well as products such as fertlizer and cosmetics. Over the last decade, that value has grown, resulting in ever-increasing amounts of it being harvested from Maine’s beaches. As harvesters have become more common sights along shorelines, the issue of who owns rockweed – and thus has the right to harvest it – has become a contentious one. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, December 2

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, demand for lobster is on a roll; volunteers pick through a whale of a compost pile; seaweed returns to the Gulf of Maine; a solution is sought to end lobster trap wars; the scallop diving season opens in Maine; and Rhode Island’s seafood brand is catching on. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, July 19

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a Massachusetts state fisheries survey is underway in the Gulf of Maine; a federal appeals court rejects U.S. Navy sonar-use rules; Lisa Moore is diving into seaweed farming; ASMFC will host a conference call on Atlantic herring management area 1A; and Maine Lobster dives in Washington D.C. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, July 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a historic industry faces a warming world; changing waters call for a regional planning process; the Carlos Rafael trial could have big stakes; Carlos Rafael’s curfew is extended; there will be no seaweed festival in Maine this year; new regional fishery managers are announced; the federal lawsuit over at-sea monitoring is still a go; a collaborative initiative studies how to aid recovery of Maine’s coastal fisheries; UNH research on horseshoe crabs reveals connection between water temperature and spawning; 1 in 10 around the world face malnourishment due to overfishing; and researchers produce a new shark tracking app for great whites on Cape Cod. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, January 5

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, how can seaweed help lobsters?; Gib Brogan says ‘save haddock from the herring slaughter’; sea turtles are stranded later than ever; at-sea monitoring will go to court; and a marine ecologist strives to protect the seas. … More Info »

Maine’s Saltwater Crop

Seaweed, which flourishes in the cold water and rocky terrain of the Gulf of Maine, is a vital component for healthy ecosystem functioning. In addition to being an excellent source for productivity, seaweed serves as critical habitat and nursery area for several invertebrate and vertebrate species. Apart from the significant ecosystem value of seaweed in terms of productivity, critical habitat, and nursery area, seaweed also has substantial economic value. For over one hundred years, the people of Maine have been collecting seaweed for personal use. However, this practice is beginning to gain traction as a new and valuable commercial harvest. … More Info »

Fish Talk in the News – Tuesday, September 1

In this edition of Fish Talk in the News, a growing seaweed industry in New England; seaweed invades Maine beaches; Maine’s mussels are disappearing; and Rep. Keating’s letter in the Boston Globe addressing groundfish monitoring. … More Info »