Sea vegetables are a major part of worldwide food
production, yet only small quantities of sea vegetables are being produced in the United States and most are wild harvested.

The wild harvest of seaweed in Maine is being done responsibly, but over time, the demand for sea vegetables is expected to grow. Therefore, the Maine Seaweed Council, the Maine Aquaculture Association, and others in the seaweed industry strongly support the idea of developing the science for aquaculture sea vegetables.

The wild harvest of seaweed in Maine has been a strong and growing enterprise, but the global market for sea vegetables is growing and the wild harvest will become unsustainable if current practices continue. Maine Fresh Sea Farms has a vision to provide a model for growing sea vegetables in a sustainable way, which can support the natural environment and also protect Maine’s working waterfronts and marine-based economy.