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An Introduction to Project ASCO
August 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum, or “Asco”) is the dominant species in most of the rocky intertidal zone of Maine and provides habitat for other species living in and visiting this dynamic ecosystem. Rockweed is currently harvested in Maine and sustainable management requires knowledge of the total amount of rockweed throughout the state. The goal of Project ASCO (Assessing Seaweed via Community Observations) is to get interested participants out into the intertidal zone to help answer the question, ”How much rockweed is there?”
Data collected by Project ASCO participants will be analyzed and shared by scientists at Schoodic Institute to inform resource management. Along with rockweed, this project allows for learning more about other seaweeds, periwinkles, mussels, crabs, birds, and the occasional seal or whale.
This live webinar, offered via Zoom, introduced the project and methods. In-person training sessions are being planned for late summer.