National Fisherman


AUGUSTA, Maine — When it comes to regulating how seaweed is commercially harvested on Maine's coast, legislators were urged Wednesday not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

The baby in this case is a rockweed management plan for Cobscook Bay that was adopted in 2009.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is hoping to get approval from the Legislature to develop a statewide management plan for rockweed, kelp, Irish moss and other commercially harvested seaweed species. The proposal, however, also would eliminate the rockweed management plan for Cobscook Bay.

The Legislature's Marine Resources Committee held a public hearing Wednesday on the bill, LD 585, that would give DMR such approval. For nearly four hours, people supportive of DMR's efforts and others more skeptical of the bill's provisions testified about Maine's seaweed industry and their perspectives on regulating seaweed harvesting.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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