Maine Supreme Court to hear intertidal zone trespass case
The Maine Supreme Court will hear the case of Kenneth W. Ross et al. vs. Acadian Seaplants Ltd. at 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 14.
Acadian Seaplants Ltd. filed the appeal, arguing that rockweed is not a "terrestrial plant" that can be considered private property. Instead, it's a marine organism owned by the state in trust for the public, according to Acadian Seaplants, and therefore the company has the right, with a permit from the state, to “fish” the seaweed from privately owned land in the intertidal zone.
The original case revolved around a summary judgment granted to Kenneth Ross, Carl Ross and Roque Island Gardner Homestead Corp., declaring that rockweed growing in the intertidal zone is private property of the landowner and is not held in public trust by the state.
Maine Supreme Court case number Was-17-142