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Low Low Tides and Seaweed Symposium at Smithereen Farm
April 20 - April 22
Join the Smithereen Farm team for early-morning harvest and drying of native seaweeds! Bring a wetsuit if you have one. Low tide is around 6:15-6:30am, so early birds are a must if you want to join in. No charge for these two days. People from away are welcome to book a campsite on HipCamp to be close to the action.
Harvest overview and guidance by longtime time harvester Kacie Loparto. Join in the water for harvest and drying of wild kelp. RSVP required!
Kanae Tokunaga, a Japanese researcher of artisanal kelp traditions and economies will present about the high value products and supply chains in different regions of Japan. Drawing lessons from her research in Japanese seaweed harvesting, market, and processing, and in Maine’s seafood supply chain, she will cover several topics, including: How different species of seaweeds are harvested, processed, and marketed in Japan, Advantages of co-management and co-marketing in coastal fisheries and aquaculture, Roles of coastal fisheries and aquaculture in coastal ecosystem service values.
A presentation of the new Maine Seaweed Council seaweed wild-harvest guidelines by longtime industry leader Shep Erhart.
Location: 767 Leighton Point Rd, Pembroke, ME