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Originally published in Community News, January 9, 2014
Blue Hill talk to focus on rockweed harvesting

On Tuesday, January 14, Friends of Blue Hill Bay will sponsor a talk by Robin Hadlock Seeley, assistant director and senior research associate at the Shoals Marine Laboratory (Cornell University/UNH) on Appledore Island.

Seeley is a marine ecologist who grew up in Freeport. She divides her time between Cornell, Shoals and Cobscook Bay, conducting long-term research on periwinkles and green crabs. In 2008 she co-founded the Rockweed Coalition, a citizen group based in eastern Maine supporting rockweed habitat conservation.

New expansion of the rockweed industry will soon bring harvest activity to previously unharvested shores in Maine. If economic opportunity is to be sustainable, then conservation concerns must be addressed, the Friends group stated in a press release. What does this mean for Blue Hill Bay?

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Howard Room at the Blue Hill Public Library.