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In memory of Dr. Ken W. Ross of Red Beach (Calais) Maine: 1937  –  March 11, 2024. Ken was a long time Rockweed Coalition team member (2008-2020), then when we became the 501c3 Maine Rockweed Coalition, a founding board member.  The Ross legal case is named for Ken and his brother Carl Ross, also a founding MRC board member.

Without Ken’s leadership and dedication, the Ross case victory would not have been possible. Thanks to him, Maine landowners have the ability to protect the rockweed on their shoreline. We are so grateful for his life and work.

HONOR KEN ROSS – DONATE TO THE ROCKWEED BOOK PROJECT

Donations to the Ken Ross Book Fund will support an exciting new project – publishing a new children’s book on the underwater rockweed forest. The book will include a dedication to Ken. Ken had a keen interest in students of all ages.  He wanted to make sure they learned about the ecological value of Maine’s underwater rockweed forests, through the experiences of reading or exploring the shore.

Goal: $12,000 by July 1, 2024. Total cost of this project, commissioning author Kim Ridley and an illustrator, is $36,000.

WAYS TO DONATE:

1. Online donation through the Maine Rockweed Coalition’s Go Fund Me page.

OR

2. Send your tax-deductable donation (check made out to the Maine Rockweed Coalition) to this address:

Ross Book Fund, c/o Maine Rockweed Coalition, PO Box R, Pembroke ME 04666

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3. Email us (Maine.Rockweed@gmail.com) for the bank information needed for electronic donations.

Thank you!

OTHER FUNDRAISING EFFORTS SUPPORTED BY THE MAINE ROCKWEED COALITION:

DONATE TO THE MAINE COAST PROTECTION FUND 

This fund supports landowner defendants in a case brought by the Maine rockweed industry.

DONATE via the defendants’ 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Center for Ecological Teaching and Learning on Cobscook Bay.

  1. DONATE ONLINE, or

  2. DONATE via CHECK in the mail: send to Nick Nieces, CETL Board of Directors, PO Box 230, Searsport, ME 04974.

Or, if you prefer, send a check directly to Robin Hadlock Seeley, PO Box R, Pembroke ME 04666. Dr. Seeley maintains a bank account at Bangor Savings Bank exclusively for this fund, from which she draws payments for attorney invoices. NOT tax-deductible.

Maine Coast Protection Fund

*The Maine Coast Protection Fund pays the legal fees of the 7 landowner defendants that were sued in 2021 by members of the rockweed industry. The landowners won in Maine Superior Court – all 7 landowners prevailed.

March 2024: The rockweed industry plaintiffs have sent notice to the court that they will appeal the Superior Court victory to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court.

We therefore continue to raise funds for their defense in Maine Supreme Court.

April 2021: Seven landowners were sued by rockweed industry members for exercising their first amendment right to contact Marine Patrol when their rockweed was harvested without their permission, OR for instructing other landowners about their rights to protect rockweed from harvest under the 2019 Maine Supreme Court Ross decision.

 

Why the Maine Rockweed Coalition supports the defendants’ fundraising for their defense:

  1. Because the defendants have acted to protect and conserve the rockweed on their shores in accordance with the 2019 Maine Supreme Court decision.

  2. Because ultimately we believe that private ownership offers a better chance at rockweed conservation than does ownership by the state.

    See an article by the Pacific Legal Foundation on this topic: “In win for property rights and the environment, Maine Supreme Judicial Court sides with coastal property owners” and their amicus brief in the court case.

Landowner Forms

Call the Maine Rockweed Coalition for advice and guidance: 207-956-0815

  1. Maine DMR protocol for responding to rockweed theft complaints by landowners.

2. Check your deed, then notify the Maine Rockweed Coalition and rockweed companies that you do not give permission to harvest rockweed on your land.

Notice to rockweed harvesters

Addresses to which you should send your notice

Notify the Maine Rockweed Coalition that you sent the form.

Screenshot from the 2023 animated film: “SOS: Save Our Seaweed: Maine’s Rockweed Forest at Risk”