Who owns Maine's seaweed? Top court will decide

2017-11-16 05:18
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Portland - A fight in the US over who owns the seaweed that can be harvested along the coast of Maine is going all the way to the state's highest court.

Commercial harvesters typically collect more than five million kilogrammes of seaweed in Maine per year.

But harvesters and some shorefront property owners are locked in a dispute over whether it's being taken from private property.

A superior court judge has meanwhile ruled in favour of the property owners, blocking a Nova Scotia company from harvesting in intertidal zones in Maine. The Maine Supreme Court will now decide if that ruling should stand.

An attorney for the Nova Scotia harvester argues that the state owns intertidal waters and the marine resources in them.

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