Posts tagged #Rockweed

Maine Supreme Court Decides Seaweed Is a Plant, Not a Fish

After deliberating for a year and a half in Ross v. Acadian Seaplants, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has unanimously held that rockweed, a type of seaweed that grows on rocks in the intertidal area all over the North Atlantic, is owned by the intertidal property owner, not the public.

The Ross brothers and other coastal property owners, represented by Verrill Dana, brought the lawsuit to help protect this ecologically vital rockweed from an escalating commercial harvest. Ken Ross, a retired teacher, and Carl Ross, a retired commercial electrician, were born and raised in Calais, Maine. Their modest coastal property on Cobscook Bay in Washington County was bought by their grandparents in 1900.

Posted on April 8, 2019 .