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Despite critics, NS firm says it can harvest rockweed sustainably in Maine / Phone-in: Politics, prorogation and governing : What do you want to see happen between now and the next Federal election ?

The brown and green waving fronds of rockweed that cover intertidal rocks along the Maritime and Maine coast are at the centre of a dispute.
It's between those who regard the nutrient-rich seaweed as a renewable resource worth exploiting, and those who want to prevent its commercial harvest.
One of the key players in the harvest is Nova Scotia-based Acadian Seaplants.
Members of the Maine Rockweed Coalition say the seaweed plays an important and varied role in the Cobscook Bay ecology, and worry that over-harvesting will lead to the demise of many marine organisms.
Wednesday, we spoke with marine biologist Dr Robin Hadlock Seeley and with Julie Keene, who supplements her living by gathering periwinkles and clamming around the bay (see January 6th show for podcast). They're critical of the commercial harvesters.
For a response, we contacted Dennis Bryant, Acadian Seaplants Limited's Director of Rockweed Operations in Maine.


The decision of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue Parliament seems to have been one of those deft moves that irked more than the other parties; the Conservative Party's drop on the latest Ekos poll underlines that.
But polls are ephemeral and so are Facebook protest pages. Beyond the fuming and fussing over tactics, what do you think our government and Parliamentarians should be doing ? What issues are most important to you - issues that our MPs should be working on right now - whether they're in the House of Commons or not ? The war in Afghanistan, climate change, the effectiveness of the economic stimulus package, Senate reform, pension reform, poverty ?
Our guests were Kevin Lacey, a Nova Scotia-based public affairs consultant and former Manager of Strategic Planning in the Prime Minister's Office from 2006 until 2008, and Lawrence Martin, the Ottawa-based public affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail and author of 10 books on Canadian politics and politicians.
Our question : "What do you want to see happen between now and the next Federal election ?"
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