Welcome to The Rockweed Coalition
More rockweed video:
- Comparing uncut and machine cut ledges (2012)
- Lobsters in the rockweed (2013)
- Fish in the Rockweed Forest (2012)
- The Rockweed Workshop (2011)
READ the FINAL DMR statewide rockweed harvest management plan January 2014.
READ 160 pages of public comment submitted to DMR as the statewide rockweed management plan was being developed.
COMPARE TO the Rockweed Conservation Consensus (19 February 2013), signed by 16 conservation organizations in Maine, requesting that specific protection measures for Maine rockweed habitat be incorporated into the final management plan.
SEABIRDS AND ROCKWEED
Left: A puffin caught these fish in rockweed (Eastern Egg Rock, ME, July 2013 © R. Bukaty) Right: Razorbill foraging in rockweed for fish (ME) (2012, Friends of Maine Seabird Islands)
LEGAL ISSUE: Who owns the rockweed? The intertidal shore to Mean Low Water is privately owned in Maine. Is cutting vegetation on private property "fishing"?
"The law is not clear," according to Mark Randlett of the Maine Attorney Generals Office. There have been no cases that indicate harvesting seaweed would be considered "fishing," he added. (2013)
Is rockweed harvesting "sustainable"?
Canadian government report: rockweed has been overharvested in Nova Scotia and the rockweed harvest must be regulated more carefully to be more "sustainable"!
FIVE STEPS you can take to protect Maine's intertidal seaweed habitat.
The Rockweed Coalition promotes conservation of intertidal marine habitat, including rockweed, to protect Maine's fisheries and wildlife.