Rockland, Maine, eyes aquaculture seaweed future

[USA] Rockland, in the US state of Maine, is working to develop aquacultured seaweed as a future source of income in the community, the Village Soup, a local news site, reports.

The town is hosting a conference on the subject on July 27 to which it hopes to draw some 200 attendees. The event, which precedes the community’s summer fair by a day, is being organized by the Maine Seaweed Exchange. The group was founded by Springtime Seaweed, a certified organic operation, and other Maine seaweed companies.

The University of Maine Sea Grant office has identified the state’s coast as presenting traditional fishermen with an opportunity for diversification, the article notes.

“Sea vegetable aquaculture has the advantage of occurring mainly in the winter months, in the ‘off season’ for lobstering and recreational boating, and consists of simple, submerged long line systems,” the office is quoted as saying.

 

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