Once the moss is dry, it is trucked one of the three local plants to be prepared and sold to an off island buyer who extracts the carrageenan. When the moss is first trucked to the plants, it is dumped into what is known as a shaker, which does just as its name would suggest. As the moss passes over a belt, it is vibrated in order to shake out any remaining sand. It then lands on the floor and is gathered into huge piles using a loader or tractor with a bucket on the front. The high piles can be easily moved into the baler, which compresses the moss and forms it into large square bales, each bale weighing about 175 pounds. The bales are then stacked until they are shipped to the purchaser that will extract and sell the valuable carrageenan.
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