Seaweeds are a constant element of coastal Maine, often overlooked and underappreciated. In recent years however, the commercial harvesting of seaweeds has brought newsworthy attention to these organisms and their ecological and economic significance.
This colloquy will delve into questions surrounding the place of seaweeds in our lives. What are seaweeds in a biological sense? What are the commercial uses of seaweeds – now and in the future? How have seaweeds affected our ecological ethos? How have artists viewed seaweeds?
The following books will be useful for background information:
Rachel Carson, The Edge of the Sea 1955
Josie Iselin, An Ocean Garden: the Secret Life of Seaweed, 2014
Ole Mouritsen, Seaweeds: edible, available and sustainable, 2013
Susan Shetterly, Seaweed Chronicles: a World at the Water’s Edge, 2018
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