Scientists take to the sky to research Maine’s seaweed

A team of researchers is going to extraordinary heights to find out just how much of an ecologically and economically important seaweed grows along the Maine coast.

About 260 feet high, if you want to be exact.

Scientists from Maine Maritime Academy, Schoodic Institute and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have teamed up with a Maine-based drone specialist in an attempt to measure the amount of rockweed found in Maine’s waters. The team has been flying drones over several areas of the coast for the past three years to monitor the seaweed and create a map for harvesters and fishery managers. Read more

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