More than $2 million awarded for seaweed, shellfish projects
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — More than $2 million in federal grants has been awarded to a Connecticut program to help create a clearinghouse for seaweed aquaculture research and promote southern New...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico's Quintana Roo state expects to spend $30 million this year on removing masses of sargassum seaweed that have washed up on its Caribbean beaches, its governor said...
New study suggests seaweed influx will continue in Florida
MIAMI (AP) — The clumps of brown seaweed that smell like rotten eggs and are causing disruptions along Florida's Atlantic beaches won't be going away anytime soon, a new study released Thursday...
Mexico struggles to understand, solve, seaweed invasion
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has spent $17 million to remove over a half-million tons of sargassum seaweed from its Caribbean beaches, and the problem doesn't seem likely to end any time soon,...
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Residential property groups will be allowed to remove seaweed from some Southeast Texas beaches but must abide by guidelines to protect the environment.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One of Florida's most famous beaches has had an unwelcome guest for the past several years — smelly, brown seaweed — and now residents want something done about...
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii company hopes to build an underwater farm that can produce large quantities of edible seaweed, officials said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest.
There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five...
Mexico’s prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum — a seaweed-like algae —...
Uncertain future for ‘super’ seaweed after court ruling
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's seaweed business has grown like a weed in recent years, with proponents touting it as both a "superfood" and an economic generator for the rural state — but the...
Court sides with property owners in rockweed harvesting
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's supreme court says permission is needed from coastal landowners for harvesting of a type of seaweed that's growing in value.
Want some kelp with your bread? Seaweed firm says you might
BUXTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based firm is receiving a $600,000 grant from the federal government to help develop a kelp-based additive for bread.
The company is VitaminSea of Buxton. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the firm's receiving the Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The product is called "SeaKelp+."
Effort to feed seaweed to burping cows gets research boost
An effort to mitigate the effects of livestock operations on climate change is getting a boost in the form of a $50,000 research grant.
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is giving the $50,000 grant to Elm Innovations and the University of California, Davis. The money will help pay for an investigation into the potential for cutting methane emissions from dairy cows by including a kind of red seaweed in their diets.
Gassy cows are bad for the planet; could seaweed diet help?
The smelly reality is that cows will always pass gas. But if farmers had more access to seaweed, cow flatulence might just stink a little less for the planet.
That's the thesis of a New England-based aquaculture company which is launching a drive to become the worldwide leader in an emerging effort to thwart climate change by feeding seaweed to cows.
Study tests whether seaweed in cattle feed reduces emissions
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — University of California researchers are feeding seaweed to dairy cows in an attempt to make cattle more climate-friendly.
UC Davis is studying whether adding small amounts of seaweed to cattle feed can help reduce their emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that's released when cattle burp, pass gas or make manure.
Can seaweed make dairy farms more eco-friendly?
Mexico to build seaweed barriers to protect beaches
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican environmental agency said Thursday that is constructing barriers at sea just beyond its famed Riviera Maya beaches to decrease the huge amounts of seaweed washing up onshore.
Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, environment chief for Quintana Roo state, said he hopes to have the anti-sargassum structures in place by next week.
His agency said in a statement that the barriers don't pose any risk to marine fauna and commercial boats.
College, farmers to launch ‘seaweed lab’ in Maine
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine college is partnering with a seaweed farm to launch a research and production facility in Bar Harbor.
The partnership is between College of the Atlantic and Springtide Seaweed. Springtide is run by Sarah Redmond and Trey Angera, who plan to use the saltwater lab to culture seed stock for other seaweed farms in the North Atlantic.
College of the Atlantic says Redmond and Angera already are the owners of the largest organic seaweed farm in the country.
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's seaweed lovers are organizing a new event to celebrate the marine algae that lines their state's rocky coast.
The Maine Seaweed Fair is scheduled for Saturday in Rockland. The free event will include cooking demonstrations, seaweed art and lots of edible seaweed.
The event is billed as "a celebration of all things seaweed" and it's sponsored by a number of seaweed companies and other marine businesses in Maine.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers are struggling to remove tons of seaweed that has washed up on beaches along Mexico's Caribbean coast.
The hardest hit area is the so-called "Riviera Maya" south of Cancun where resorts like Playa del Carmen and Tulum are located.
Quintana Roo state officials said the mats of sargassum seaweed are likely to continue washing up on beaches at least until September.
OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say investigators have found more than seaweed at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with growing marijuana among the sea oats on the protected land on the Outer Banks.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh said in a news release that James Daniel Garrish III of Ocracoke was arrested Tuesday and charged with cultivating marijuana on federal property.
Algae, seaweed discolor Florida waters and beaches
STUART, Fla. (AP) — Tourism, fishing and public health are being threatened by contaminants discoloring stretches of beaches at the southern end of the Florida peninsula.
Blue-green algae that covers much of Lake Okeechobee has been growing and flowing through canals connecting the freshwater lake to sensitive estuaries on the east and west coasts of the state. Residents and business owners fear the thick, toxic slime could strand their boats in marinas during peak tourism months.
Kelp, climate, ocean acidity projects funded in Maine
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine says projects about seaweed, the acidity of Gulf of Maine waters and the way climate change is impacting fish will receive nearly $1 million in funding.
The university says the funds are being awarded to faculty at UMaine and other institutions through the Maine Sea Grant College Program. The money is from the federal government and matching sources.
GREENWICH — Atlantic Clam Farms of Connecticut is looking to harvest a native species of sea kelp in Long Island Sound.
The company, which cultivates hundreds of acres of Greenwich waters for shellfishing, wants to begin its kelp farm in Payea Reach — southeast of Great Captains Island and southwest of Island Beach — and offer the seaweed for human consumption and other commercial uses after an awaited approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Who owns Maine’s seaweed? Top court will have to decide
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A fight 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 10 million pounds of seaweed per year in Maine.
But harvesters and some shorefront property owners are locked in a dispute over whether it's being taken from private property.
USDA giving $100K to Maine seaweed products company
BUXTON, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators say the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $100,000 to a Buxton seaweed harvesting and processing company.
The senators say the money is going to VitaminSea to fund a concept study for larger scale commercialization of its seaweed products.
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Maine university getting more than $1M for seaweed-to-energy
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A Maine university is receiving more than $1.3 million in federal money to develop methods for the U.S. to become a leader at utilizing seaweed for uses such as energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy is giving the money to the University of New England over three years. The award is part of a program called Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources, or "MARINER."
Seaweed as fuel? Grants help fund research in Mississippi
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A federal grant will help pay for scientists at the University of Southern Mississippi do research on the uses of seaweed.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the school two grants totaling $1 million.
One will pay for research on using seaweed as fuel. The other is to develop a ranching paddock for Sargassum seaweed to help improve ocean health.
Vanishing kelp: Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests
APPLEDORE ISLAND, Maine (AP) — When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster.
But Dijkstra, a University of New Hampshire marine biologist, saw only a patchy seafloor before her. The sugar kelp had declined dramatically and been replaced by invasive, shrub-like seaweed that looked like a giant shag rug.
BRIDGEPORT — Seaweed may not melt in your mouth but crumbled it makes a fine seasoning for tilapia.
A handful of the dried red variety can provide a colorful bed for clams and sugar kelp noodles mixed with eggs and a little Parmesan might just give the Egg McMuffin a run for its money.
BRIDGEPORT — Students of the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center will host the schools 5th Annual Chef event on Wednesday.
Students will be assisting Chef Jeff Trombetta of Norwalk Community College in the preparation of our school-harvested clams and school-raised tilapia and seaweeds.
Student families and community partners have been invited to this invitation only event which will include demonstrations and sampling.
This weekend is the unofficial start to summer, so it’s the perfect time to fire up the grill. To start off grilling season right, here’s a great recipe that your guests are sure to love.
Grilled Lobster Bake
4 chicken lobsters
4 lbs. cleaned steamers
4 lbs. cleaned mussels
4 ears of corn
1 large piece of chorizo
Rockweed or seaweed (available at the fish counter)
Softened herb butter for brush- ing (purchase or mix your favorite herbs into softened butter)
First kelp harvest made from Ketchikan area site
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Mariculture crews landed a disappointing first haul of planted seaweed recently near Ketchikan as part of an experiment on commercial kelp farming in the state.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old man called 911 after finding a bale of marijuana that had washed up on a Florida beach.
Jeff Stolowitz tells local news outlets he was walking on Daytona Beach on Saturday morning when he spotted the object, which was shaped like a giant cigar. As he got closer on Saturday morning, he saw a ripped edge and what appeared to be blood. That's when he called for help.
FDA: Oahu farm’s possibly tainted seaweed delivered to Tokyo, three other states
Three other states and a city in Japan may have tainted seaweed from Hawaii, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday.
Marine Agrifuture, LLC. of Kahuku, Hawaii, is recalling its Kahuku Ogo, Robusta Ogo and Kahuku Sea Asparagus because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
Salmonella concerns shut down production at Oahu farm
HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Health has ordered an Oahu seaweed farm to stop selling and distributing some of its products, which have been linked to several salmonella cases.
The products from Marine Agrifuture LLC, also known as Olakai Hawaii, include Kahuku Ogo, Robusta Ogo and Sea Asparagus.
They are sold wholesale and used in retail products, such as salad dressing, tea and condiments.
Ephraim Sykes of ‘Hamilton’ joins NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Broadway performers Ephraim Sykes and Shahadi Wright Joseph are joining the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!"
Sykes, an original company member with the hit musical "Hamilton," will play Seaweed J. Stubbs in "Hairspray Live!"
Wright Joseph will play Seaweed's sister, Little Inez, NBC said Wednesday. The actress' credits include the musicals "The Lion King" and "School of Rock."
Ten years later, the local victory over killer algae remains fresh in the mind of Eric Noel Muñoz, a former Carlsbad senior planner.
“People don’t realize how close our lagoon came to being lost,” Muñoz said this week, at a celebration of the release of his new book “Caulerpa Conquest.”
Divers first discovered the bright green Caulerpa taxifolia in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in the summer of 2000, where it may have grown from a few strands left by someone...
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say more manatees have died in a Florida lagoon plagued by algae and pollution.
An Orlando Sentinel report (http://bit.ly/29BxJbW ) quotes Martine de Wit, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission veterinarian, as saying eight manatees have died in the Indian River Lagoon since May.
Over 150 manatees have died in Brevard County since 2012, when an algae bloom wiped out the sea...