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Sea to table: fish, shellfish & sea vegetables from local waters

The Spring-Summer 2018 issue of Wrack Lines focuses on local seafood, from newly abundant species to old favorites. Read how restaurants and markets are offering local seafood, availability of fish, shellfish and kelp, the experiences of a first-time clammer and some great recipes by Connecticut chefs.

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Fort Trumbull State Park in New London is the site of one of the Thames River Quest hikes on June 2. Photo: Thames River Heritage Park

Take a Thames River Quest hike June 2 to learn about history, ecology

The Thames River Quest, a free, three-part, treasure hunt-style educational hike, has been created by Connecticut Sea Grant and the Thames River Heritage Park as a new, unique offering for Connecticut Trails Day on June 2. Registration for the hike is now open at: http://www.thamesriverheritagepark.org/quest.

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Fishermen climb into a life raft in their immersion suits during safety & survival training. Photo: Judy Benson / Connecticut Sea Grant

Safety training helps fishermen survive in a dangerous job

Chris Fowler knows the perils of his occupation as a commercial fisherman, consistently ranked one of nation’s the most dangerous jobs. So a year after he began catching skate, whiting, squid, flounder and fluke from a vessel docked in New London, he took a day off from fishing to equip himself with the skills he needs to survive an accident at sea.
He was one of 36 commercial fishermen and state agency personnel who took part in a daylong safety and survival training course on May 10 sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant, Fishing Partnership Support Services, the U.S. Coast Guard and UConn-Avery Point.

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This map included in the draft Blue Plan inventory shows the distribution of different types of sediments in Long Island Sound.

Long Island Sound resource inventory moves toward completion

Despite 300 pages of data, maps and listings of the ecological resources and human uses of Long Island Sound, the inventory created as the foundation for the first-ever marine spatial plan for the estuary isn’t yet complete. At least that’s the view of two of the speakers at the public hearing May 8 on the draft version of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan Resource and Use Inventory.

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Adelaine McCloe and Tony Arreaga, describe their project for towns with neighborhoods of beaches, marinas and waterfront homes during the March 29 class at the UConn campus in Storrs.

Students get real-world experience helping towns meet climate challenges

UConn students in the “Climate Resilience and Adaptation: Municipal Policy and Planning” class this spring had real-world experiences helping towns meet the challenges of rising sea levels and more frequent and intense storms, After spending the fall semester learning how climate change is impacting local communities, they spent the spring semester applying what they learned in individual towns.

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