ESTIMATING ECOSYSTEM SERVICES FROM HARVESTED AND UNHARVESTED ASCOPHYLLUM NODOSUM ON THE MAINE COAST
Author: Ashley E. Sarra
Major: Marine Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018
Thesis Advisor: Aaron L. Strong
Description of Publication: Ascophyllum nodosum, better known as rockweed, is a commercially important, harvested intertidal brown alga species common in coastal Maine. Rockweed sea vegetable harvesting is a lucrative wild harvest fishery, that has also proved to be socially contentious and whose future management is uncertain 1,2. A. nodosum is an intertidal macroalgal species that may also be impacted by sea level rise. Through a combination of biomass estimation, newspaper analysis, and interview data collection, this project seeks to (a) develop a typology of ecological services of A. nodosum in harvested and unharvested areas in the state of Maine; and (b) assess the stakeholder perspectives amidst the Ross v. Acadian Sea Plants Ltd. court case.
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URL to Thesis: https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/honors/358