Maine Fresh Sea Farms Among First to See Potential of State's Commercial Seaweed Industry
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Portland Press-Herald] By Mary Pols - December 7, 2015 -
One farmer wore waders, the other was holding hundreds of 5-week-old seedlings in one hand. Their "tractor" was afloat. It was November and planting season at Maine Fresh Sea Farms was in full swing, in spite of a dungeon of fog that made the farm, a football-field-sized area of the Damariscotta River estuary, hard to see.
Seth Barker drove the boat while Sarah Redmond did the planting, which in the case of seaweed farming looks akin to casting on in knitting. That is, if instead of needles one used a thick hank of marine rope strung horizontally between moorings and substituted a 200-foot-long spool of twine covered with tiny bits of seaweed for a skein of yarn. As Barker chugged slowly through the water, Redmond played the twine out, twisting it around the marine rope...
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