- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - State regulators will meet soon to determine what ecologically sensitive areas could be closed to rockweed harvesting.

The state’s Rockweed Working Group will meet Wednesday, Oct. 15 in Hallowell and on Nov. 17 in Machias. The meetings will allow the group to solicit input from the public about rockweed harvesting regulations. The working group is tasked with determining the criteria for areas that should be closed.

The group might make recommendations to State Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher for closures of specific areas. It will also work with Keliher on ways to review and amend closed areas in the future.

Rockweed is valuable because it is used in products such as nutritional supplements, animal food and cosmetics.

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