Kelp, green and nutritious, could be Maine’s ticket into a multibillion-dollar global aquaculture industry.
(From Scientific American/ by Pola Lem) — The state’s nascent seaweed business is thriving, experts say, and that puts Maine in a front-row seat as the U.S. market for homegrown sea veggies grows. It could also help provide an alternative source of income for lobster fishermen subject to the constant challenges of fluctuating prices, changing ocean temperatures and unpredictable catches.
“I worry every year that the price is going to drop out,” said Karen Cooper, who has been catching lobster for the past three decades.
U.S. kelp farms are still few and far between. Only a handful of small commercial operations exist in Maine.
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