Fwd: ROCKWEED ACTION: 24 hours to call Maine legislators


 Rockweed is essential to the coastal ecosystem. It is ranked #4 in importance out of 151 species in the Gulf of Maine.

Learn about the controversy, and what you can do, here:




21 May 2019 

24 hrs of ACTION NEEDED

Maine voters, please tell legislators that you oppose
LD 1323, the bill that would overturn the rockweed court decision

  

 
 

R. Robinson photo

On Thursday May 23, the ACF Committee of the Maine legislature votes on LD 1323. As currently written, LD 1323 would reverse the Maine Supreme Court 2019 decision that rockweed is the property of the intertidal landowner.



Here is the problem: Making intertidal seaweed, now private property, into public property without compensating those who own the seaweed, is an unconstitutional “taking”. 

As the Chief Legal Counsel to Gov. Mills stated to the ACF committee during public hearing: (our paraphrasing): the issue is not whether you can pass a bill, the issue is whether the bill you pass is constitutional. 

Listen to the work session on this bill on May 9:
Part 1
Part 2

The committee ended the work session on LD 1323
WITHOUT VOTING. 
Now, on May 23, they WILL VOTE. 

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ACTION NEEDED: 
IF, and ONLY IF, you vote in Maine:

call and leave a message for each committee member on the ACF committee (Agriculture, Conservation, Forestry).



Long messages will not be conveyed to the legislator!

State your name, the member’s name, your town, and that you are opposed to LD 1323 as written, and why (the bill is an unconstitutional taking of intertidal seaweed, which the Supreme Judicial Court has declared is private property.)

Please leave a message for each committee member below, using the phone number provided, and finish your calls by 3 pm Wednesday May 22. 

If you do not vote in Maine, please do not call at this time. We appreciate your support!

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Senators 

phone number:  1-800-423-6900
TTY – please use Maine Relay 711

 

 Jim Dill – Chair
 Russell Black
 Bill Diamond


Representatives

phone number 1-800-423-2900
TTY – please use Maine Relay 711

 

 Craig Hickman – Chair
 Randy Hall
 MaryAnne Kinney
 Ted Kryzak
 Chloe Maxmin
 David McCrea
 Maggie O’Neil
 Bill Pluecker
 Tiffany Roberts-Lovell
 Thomas Skolfield


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Acadian Seaplants has been calling landowners recently to ask them if they give permission for rockweed harvesters to take their rockweed.

If you are called, we hope you will “just say no”. 


REASONS TO SAY NO TO ROCKWEED HARVESTING

Sector map of Cobscook Bay: see which company has been assigned to harvest rockweed in the sector that includes your land. 

 
 
 
 
New rockweed harvest guidelines in COBSCOOK BAY:
4/17/19 letter from DMR to a rockweed harvester
seeking approval to harvest
 
 
 
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