Harmful Algae: A Compendium Desk Reference (executive summary)

By Tessa Getchis and Sandra Shumway.
This 16-page booklet provides a summary of the key issues and state of the science pertaining to harmful algal blooms as presented in “Harmful Algal Blooms: A Compendium Desk Reference,” to improve management and response. Print copies are available from Connecticut Sea Grant by contacting:

New guide to decapod larvae available

“Keys to the Larvae of Common Decapod Crustaceans in Long Island Sound,” a 48-page guide to the early life stages of lobsters, crabs and shrimp, was published this spring by Connecticut Sea Grant and Project Oceanology. Written by Howard “Mickey” Weiss, Project O founder and senior scientist, it includes black-and-white drawings identifying the main parts of the anatomies of various decapods, as well as color photos of more than a dozen species. For a free download of 21 MB copy, go to: Weiss Decapod Crustacean larvae book_Web
To purchase a print copy for $8 plus shipping, contact Andrea Kelly at: Please reference the title and publication number CTSC-17-09.

Wrack Lines Spring/Summer 2017

Cover of Wrack Lines Spring/Summer 2017 shows aerial view of the coast with the words "Changing Connecticut: Big Changes are happening close to home".

This issue talks about changing species, landscape, coast, emerging legal questions, and more.
Editor, Peg Van Patten
(For future issues contact Judy Benson, editor)
Designer, Maxine Marcy

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Living Treasures: Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound

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Lisa Wahle and Nancy Balcom
Connecticut Sea Grant has revised its old favorite, “Living Treasures: Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound” has more beautiful line drawings and updated expanded text. Reading level: middle school. Also in Spanish translation: Tesoros Vivientes. Single copies are FREE! Shipping charges apply for bulk orders.

Seafood Savvy Newsletter

Wrack Lines - no coverNancy Balcom and Lori Pivarnik
Newsletter published by Connecticut and Rhode Island Sea Grant concerning seafood safety issues. Please contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list! Published Bi-annually.

Most recent issue: January 2017

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2017 Guide to Shellfishing on the Connecticut Coast

Connecticut Shellfishing GuidanceT. Getchis and Kristin DeRosia-Banick
This newly updated guide compiles information to help anyone get started in recreational shellfishing. It gives a rundown on what types of shellfish (clams, oysters, etc.) are found in this region and also includes information on where to go for permits, prices, contacts, etc. with information specific to each Connecticut coastal town.

Free: Download here


New England Seaweed Culture Handbook: Nursery Systems

Wrack Lines - no coverSarah Redmond, Lindsay Green, Charles Yarish, Jang Kim and Christopher Neefus.

92-page illustrated handbook shows how to culture 4 ecologically and economically important seaweeds native to New England. They are kelp, nori, Gracilaria and Chondrus. UConn and University of New Hampshire research teams give your their expertise.

Free. Download here

Companion 6-part video series, Seaweed culture in New England