Thursday, June 11, 2009

Baldacci signs Rockweed Bill

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Dear Rockweed Coalition members,

It is my pleasure to let you know that LD 345, An act to regulate the
rockweed harvest in Cobscook Bay, is now law. Governor Baldacci signed
the bill on June 8.

Please see the following Maine legislature website for details:

This is a huge accomplishment, and while it is not a moratorium, it is
a fine compromise, in my opinion. I'll send out more thoughts about
the details of the bill later, but for now, you can read the details
of the regulations that now govern rockweed harvesting in Cobscook Bay
at the above web page.

Many thanks are owed to many folks.
- the legislators who supported stricter regulation, such as Sen.
Raye, Rep. McFadden, and the members of the Marine Resources
Committee, especially Sen. Damon and Rep. Percy

- everyone who contacted their representatives in government about
this issue, or who supported educational efforts on this issue by
sending funds

- anyone who expressed an interest in this issue, and was willing to
spend time thinking hard about how best to protect the rockweed
resource of Cobscook Bay

Thank you for your support and interest.

Robin Hadlock Seeley

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