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Seaweed in Maine: Surge in Harvest and in Demand as Food and Health Product

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Our panel discusses the value of seaweed to Maine’s economy, some potential ways to grow Maine’s seaweed industry, and the questions associated with seaweed harvesting in Maine. Fishermen and others are turning to growing or harvesting kelp and other seaweeds as demand grows for use in foods, medicine, fertilizer and more. It is also seen as a way for fishermen to augment their livelihoods.

Guests

Adam St. Gelais, assistant director for science, UNE NORTH: The Institute for North Atlantic Studies; assistant lecturer, UNE School of Marine Programs

Briana Warner, CEO, Atlantic Sea Farms/Ocean Approved

Tom Roth, co-owner and seaweed harvester, VitaminSea

Barry Costa Pierce (by phone), executive director, UNE NORTH: The Institute for North Atlantic Studies; Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor of Marine Sciences; fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; UNE principal council representative, University of the Arctic

Robin Hadlock Seeley (by phone), marine scientist, affiliate faculty, UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering; chief scientific officer, Rockweed Coalition 

Nick Branchina (by phone), associate director, fisheries and aquaculture, CEI

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