Seaweed has so many benefits and Maine seaweed in my humble opinion is simply the best. We're lucky in the Pine Tree State to have cold, mineral rich water where seaweeds can flourish. Maine happens to be number one in the country for seaweed production and Maine seaweeds are valued worldwide. Seaweed is “the new kale" rich in vitamins and minerals. Seaweeds are large marine algae and there are three types. Browns are large seaweeds like kelp. Green think sea lettuce and Red- Nori and Irish Moss.
There are so many ways to enjoy seaweed- eating, drinking, for your skin, for your pets and on your garden. Our oceans depend on flourishing seaweeds as seaweed provides food and homes for marine life and keeps our oceans balanced and thriving.
Seaweed is also good for our Maine economy. Maine has many seaweed companies some quite large and other small, indies businesses. Supporting these businesses supports Maine and helps ensure that seaweeds and our ocean's bounty are preserved for future generations.
it's easy to find info on Maine seaweeds. The best place to start is the Maine Seaweed Council. The council was formed in 1993 to protect both livelihood and ecosystems. Members come from all over the state and from all walks of life including harvesters, farmers, researchers, businesses large and small. It's a great resource for folks interested in seaweed as a business and also for anyone who simply wants to identify, cook or support seaweed based businesses.
Another great resource is the Maine Seaweed Exchange. The mission of the Exchange is to connect buyers and sellers of organic aqua-cultured seaweeds. They have some amazing events planned for the summer including The Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference & Fair which will be held on July 27-28, 2018 in Rockland, ME. Enjoy a full day of seaweed farming know-how followed by a joyous celebration of all things seaweed.
Another event Dulse & Rugosa is excited about is the Maine Seaweed Fair- a celebration of all things seaweed. This is a great opportunity to meet sea folk who are living, working and inspired by the ocean. The festival is at Snow Marine Park in Rockland, ME on July 28th.
Finally if you want help with identification, how to harvest and info about recreational harvesting check out the Maine Seafood Guide by Maine Sea Grant with the goal of making marine science accessible for Maine people.
I hope this blog inspires you to explore the wonderful world of Maine seaweeds.