Mainers Turn Rockweed into Money, Jobs
November 10, 2010
WorkingWaterfront.com reports on rockweed harvesting on the Jonesport, Maine, waterfront:
Jonesport poundkeeper Sid Look has always done a little of this and a little of that. In addition to his lobster business, he harvests cranberries from his cranberry bogs and shovels bait. “I guess I’m a jack of all trades and master of none,” says Look. So a year ago when an old friend, Paul Gallant, asked him to recommend someone to truck harvested rockweed from Jonesport to the processing plant in Canada, Look volunteered for the job. He’s been sending his trucks filled with seaweed up north ever since.
Look likes that Jonesport is harvesting rockweed. “Washington County is a fading area,” he said. “No jobs. No work.” He went on, “Jonesport and the crew up here, we need this. We need the fishing industry. This is our livelihood.”
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