Save Our Seaweed
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Save Our Seaweed

Save Our Seaweed

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      Save Our Seaweed

      Lubec, ME

Now that the State of Maine is preparing a statewide rockweed harvest management plan, it’s time to work toward protecting rockweed along the entire Maine coast.

If you support protecting rockweed habitat in Maine, please take action!

1. Sign the petition here

2. Visit and “like” the Save Our Seaweed Facebook page

3. Join the Rockweed Coalition

Why save our seaweed?

Seaweed feeds and shelters ~150 species of fish and wildlife that form a food web in the coastal ecosystem. The seaweed is worth far more left alone where it belongs, supporting jobs in fisheries, tourism, and recreation, than in a factory being processed into fertilizer. There is no scientific evidence that rockweed harvesting is ecologically sustainable. 

*Are you a member of the public who is concerned about wildlife declines or marine habitat loss?

 *Are you a fisherman concerned about the impact of rockweed harvesting on fisheries?

*Are you a wrinkle harvester worried about losing your wrinkle resource?

*Are you a landowner who believes you have the legal right to protect your own seaweed?

Then please add your name to our petition - over on the right side of the page.


I support a moratorium against any further industrial-scale rockweed harvesting in Maine, until there is evidence that rockweed harvesting has

•          no negative impacts on other fisheries or on wildlife,

•          is declared a legal activity by the State of Maine, and

•          does not harm ecosystem function.

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Recent signatures


    1. Cobscook Bay Rockweed Management Law saved - new petition started

      Save Our Seaweed
      Petition Organizer

      LD 585, which would have repealed the Cobscook Bay Rockweed Management Law, was amended to strike the language about repealing the Cobscook Bay law. The amended LD 585 was recently signed into law by Maine Governor Lepage. Now the state begins to draft a statewide rockweed harvest management plan. We have updated the petition to reflect our new effort to put a moratorium on industrial-scale rockweed harvesting in place until the state declares whether it is legal, until we know that there are no negative impacts on fisheries, and until we know that rockweed harvesting does not affect ecosystem function.
      If you signed the Cobscook Bay petition, please sign our new petition, too!

    2. Want updated news about Maine seaweed protection?

      Save Our Seaweed
      Petition Organizer

      To receive periodic updates from Save Our Seaweed, please send an email to; subject line: rockweed news .


      Save Our Seaweed
      Petition Organizer

      And the petition will continue! This was just the first vote for rockweed over the next two years.

    4. It's unanimous! to preserve the Cobscook Bay Rockweed Management Area law!

      Save Our Seaweed
      Petition Organizer

      The Marine Resources Committee of the Maine Legislature today (Apr. 3) voted unanimously NOT to repeal the Cobscook Bay Rockweed Management Area law (passed in 2009), AND to review and comment on any future statewide rockweed management plan.

      THANK YOU to the over 600 Mainers who wrote letters, sent emails, or signed a petition of support. Well done!

    5. We blew past our second goal: 500 signatures.

      Save Our Seaweed
      Petition Organizer

      Today we're at 542, and it's growing. The public hearing on LD 585 is tomorrow, 3/20, 1 pm, Cross Building 206 at the state house complex in Augusta ME. Email with questions.

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    6. Reached 500 signatures

      Save Our Seaweed
      Petition Organizer

      250 signatures in 24 hours! Thank you, everyone! Now let's try for 500 in the next week! keep spreading the word, please!

    8. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jeanne M. Tonizzo COOPER, ME
      • about 12 hours ago

      The eco-system that Rockweed supports is the backbone of the rivers, bays, and estuaries of Maine.

      • 7 months ago

      I am passionate about the environment and am a budding marine biologist!

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.

      Ayn Rand

    • John Walker BROOKLINE, MA
      • 11 months ago

      The same harvester has been at my property for the last 3 weeks he is taking everything! It is still going on

    • robin pinto TUCSON, AZ
      • about 1 year ago

      as a Maine rocky coastal property owner and a marine biologist, I am strongly against the harvesting of rock weed within our own intertidal zone or any where else in Maine. We provide access across our property to winklers, clammers and lobstermen in order to support their livelihoods. we are strongly against any harvesting that interferes with the sustainability of those fishing resources.


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