Maine Residents Concerned Over Rockweed Harvest

The Ellsworth American reports that some residents of Gouldsboro, Maine, are asking state and local officials to protect rockweed from what they perceive as overly aggressive harvesting. The seaweed, which grows in the intertidal zone, is harvested and processed as a nutrient for plants and animals.
Photo/Maine Rock Weedin’/Video capture.

The Ellsworth American reports that some residents of Gouldsboro, Maine, are asking state and local officials to protect rockweed from what they perceive as overly aggressive harvesting. The seaweed, which grows in the intertidal zone, is harvested and processed as a nutrient for plants and animals.

Local homeowner Garry Levin, who lives on Long Mill Cove, reported that he and his neighbors have noticed a decrease in migrating shorebirds over the past 3 to 4 years, and blames it on the reduction in rockweed.

“Rockweed harvesters come in at low tide in flat bottom boats and just rake it all in,” Levin was quoted as saying. “We’re seeing raking in much greater proportion than ever before. Last summer there were 2 to 3 boats coming in every week. Before that it was 1 or 2 times in a summer.”

Read more about the residents of Gouldsboro, Maine, who are lobbying for the protection of rockweed.

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