Fwd: Rockweed: all hands on deck: call your state senator ASAP! LD1323

From: KarenTom Adamo <radius@myfairpoint.net>

Dear Friends,
Please read below. I respectively request that you forward this email to your email list ASAP. Please also forward to friends and neighbors.
We are facing an ecological and legal compromise if this legislation goes through. Rockweed creates an ecosystem vital to the nursery of many fish, sea birds, waterfowl and other life. Commercial cutting will compromise this ecosystem.
Additionally, the Maine Supreme Court has ruled that upland owners of the saltwater intertidal zone have the right to allow or prohibit this practice. From a citizen’s rights perspective this legislation can be extended to other issues. This is to say, if lobbyist find other guarantees to be contrary to their commercial interests the legislature can pass laws removing those guarantees. Clearly a very dangerous legal precedent.
Please help.
Tom Adamo

The Earth does not need us. We need the Earth

From: Rockweed Coalition <saveourseaweed@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:29 AM
To: radius@myfairpoint.net
Subject: Rockweed: all hands on deck: call your state senator ASAP!


LD 1323 has left the ACF committee with a majority OUGHT TO PASS vote. 

The intent of LD 1323 is to overturn the Maine Supreme Court decision that rockweed belongs to the landowner. LD 1323 states that rockweed is public rather than belonging to the landowner. 

If you vote in Maine, we need you to call your state senator to ask him/her to vote NO on LD 1323.

Stopping this bill now is critical, so that we don’t have to fight for rockweed protection in court again. 


(photo by R. Bukaty)

STEP 1. Find your state senator. 

STEP 2. Click on the name of your senator. You will see the “
State House Office Phone” number listed. 
Call that number. Leave a message. If they list a cell phone, call that phone. 
Ask your Senator to vote NO on 
LD 1323.
Give some or all of the reasons below. You can also ask for a call back. 

STEP 3: 
 Email us and tell us how the call went!

LD 1323 is a bad bill, because it represents an unconstitutional taking. Why? Because LD 1323 makes rockweed a public resource, and there is no compensation to landowners. The Supreme Court said rockweed is owned privately, by the upland landowner.  

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 LD 1323 will result in a huge cost to taxpayers. Expert attorneys have explained that landowners will have to be compensated by the state for the taking of their rockweed, at a minimum cost of 88 million dollars.

(READ (click on letter below) Attorney Gordon Smith’s letter explaining to the state why LD 1323 is unconstitutional, and why the bill if passed into law would cost taxpayers at least 88 million.)

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Rockweed is a keystone species in the intertidal zone, and the health and function of rockweed beds are critical to Maine’s commercial fisheries: alewives, herring, lobster, cod, pollock, etc. 

(READ Dr. Diane Cowan’s new piece (click on image) on rockweed’s role in supporting commercial fisheries species, from the June 2019 issue of Commercial Fisheries News! )

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 LD 1323 is intended to prompt a second lawsuit over the ownership of rockweed, when the Supreme Court has decided 7-0 that rockweed belongs to the upland land owner. 

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

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