Seaweed: More Questions
Stakeholders Work Out
Best Management Practices
by Laurie Schreiber
HALLOWELL – How much seaweed can be harvested in a way that sustainably supports the resource and the ecosystem that depends on it, while also continuing to provide a living for a growing industry?
Those are the basic questions that underlie the current development of a state fishery management plan. Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) is the predominant form of seaweed harvested in Maine.
The Department of Marine Resources (DMR) formed a plan development team (PDT) whose members include processors, scientists and environmentalists. There are currently no harvesters on the PDT