UConn Avery Point EcoHusky Club members and Syma Ebbin, 3rd from left, faculty advisor and CTSG research coordinator, gather at a campus building with solar panels and a small wind turbine installed thanks to the club’s work.Michael Gilman, right, aquaculture extension assistant, teaches students in the "Foundations of Shellfish Farming" course that began on Jan. 24.Tessa Getchis, left, aquaculture extension specialist, introduces a presentation about shell recycling during the Annual Meeting of Shellfish Commissions on Jan. 21, 2023.A truck drives through floodwaters on a street in Groton, as town crews clear debris left by high tide. Heavy rains Dec. 22 and 23 left several areas flooded along the CT coast, where rising sea levels and intensifying storms are increasing the need for CTSG resilience projects.Fishermen in immersion suits practice getting into a life raft during Safety and Survival training in October 2022.A large school of menhaden swim by the docks at the UConn Avery Point campus during their fall migration to the southeast Atlantic coast for the winter.Dr. Camille Gaynus, board chair of the professional organization Black in Marine Science, talks about marine science careers and the need for diversification and participation in these fields with students at the Sound School in New Haven last week as part of a project with the West River Watershed Partnership, Project WET, CT Sea Grant and CT DEEP.Mitchell College students collect and record trash at Greens Harbor Beach in New London to cap the 2022 #DontTrashLISound campaign on International Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 17Far right, one of the 8 portable refrigeration units provided to small- to medium-sized oyster farmers this spring to enable them to directly sell their shellfish to customers at docks, farmers markets and festivals such as this one at Stonington Vineyards on Sept. 17.Zach Gordon, left, and Mike Gilman were some of the CTSG aquaculture staff at the Milford Oyster Festival on Aug. 20.CT Sea Grant Director Sylvain De Guise was one of several speakers at an Aug. 8 event at Ash Creek in Fairfield announcing the Connecticut Shellfish Restoration Guide.The staff of Connecticut Sea Grant are based at the UConn Avery Point campus in Groton.Mark Phegley, left, QCW sign maker for UConn, directs student employees John Poland, center, and Braden Gutierrez in the positioning of a Connecticut Blue Heritage Trail sign at Bluff Point State Park on June 9. The trail is a project of CTSG, UConn and CT DEEP.David Carey, left, and Matt Bartel of the state Bureau of Aquaculturefill bags with oyster shell piled at Hammonassett Beach State Park that will be moved to oyster restoration areas in Branford and Bridgeport as part of a 2022 project with CT Sea Grant.UConn Marine Sciences Professor Hannes Baumann, left, and Connecticut Sea Grant Director Sylvain De Guise unveil a public outreach sign about endangered Atlantic sturgeon at Hammonassett Beach State Park on May 7.Graduates of the 2020 and 2021 Coastal Certificate program gather for a hike at Fenwick Grove in Old Saybrook on Oct. 23.About 50 volunteers joined the cleanup at Ocean Beach Park in New London on Sept. 18, one of two dozen events that capped the #DontTrashLISound - #DoOneThing campaign.The Mehta family were among volunteers at the Sherwood Island State Park cleanup that launched this year's #DontTrashLISound-#DoOneThing campaign.CTSG Aquaculture Extension Specialist Tessa Getchis, left, Kristin DeRosia-Banick of the state Bureau of Aquaculture and Clinton Shellfish Commission Chairman Wayne Church examine an oyster bed in the Hammock River on June 15 as part of shellfish bed assessments along the shoreline this summer.Felicia Cooper, right, performs her original puppet show, "Ish" at UConn Avery Point on Earth Day April 22.Lindsey Kollmer, CT River River Estuary Aquatic Invasive Plant Steward, pulls invasive water chestnut from Selden CoveCrew members of Pot Luck, a vessel owned by Sam Fernandez of Sam's Seafood, sort clams from oysters as part of a restoration of natural shellfish beds near Bridgeport on June 10.Customers leave with oysters and lobsters purchased on May 23 at the new direct sales market at the Noank Aquaculture Cooperative.Participants in the National Seaweed Symposium gather near one of the exhibits at the Seaweed Showcase on the second day of the event.New Britain YWCA summer campersUniversity of Delaware student Samuel Koeck, center, and Sacred Heart University students Jeffrey Young, right, and Adrian Nelson, second from left, work with Chris Hauser (in mini-excavator) to improve the living shoreline at Stratford Point in a project jointly funded by CT and DE Sea Grants.Sea Grant dayak fleet takes to the Mystic River on July 3 to test out a new aquaculture eco-tour being developed in partnership with Adventure Mystic, Mystic Oysters & Connecticut Cultured Oysters.Maria Cruz, second from right, and her family look for clues during the Thames River Quest at Fort Trumbull State Park sponsored by CT Sea Grant and the Thames River Heritage Park.Students in the “Global One Health: U.S. and Irish Perspective” class at UConn see kelp harvested from J.P. Vellotti’s beds in Groton as part of a visit to the Noank Aquaculture Cooperative on May 16 organized by CT Sea Grant.Karen Wynn of Guilford, left, looks at "They Came By Water," one of the pieces in the "Crosscurrents" exhibit, with Kam Ghaffari of East Lyme. Behind them is "Sea Form" another of the works in the show.Nissrine Essafi, a student in the Climate Corps class taught by CT Sea Grant's Juliana Barrett and Bruce Hyde, shows a map of Charleston, S.C., during a presentation of a project about sea level rise impacts.
The Dodge Paddock preserve in Stonington is an example of a site where a living shoreline was created to make it more resilient to flooding and severe storms.

Connecticut Sea Grant seeking applicants for 3 positions

CT Sea Grant is excited to share openings for three extension positions. Applicants are being sought for: extension educator-nature-based approaches to resilience; sustainable and resilient communities assistant extension educator; and Long Island Sound outreach coordinator.

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CT Sea Grant's Anoushka Concepcion, left, works with one of DJ King's crewmembers to deploy kelp seed string.

Video tells story of how kelp planted in Long Island Sound

New video, “Deploying Sugar Kelp Seed String,” showing the process of planting seaweed in LIS. Kelp farmer DJ King and Anoushka Concepcion, associate extension education specializing in marine aquaculture, talk about this new and exciting crop that is edible, nutritious and environmentally friendly.

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Crews work on a shoreline resiliency project in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook in 2020.

CTSG receives federal funds for community resilience work

CTSG has been awarded $125,000 in federal funds for ongoing initiatives that enhance community resilience to climate change impacts. The funding will support the UConn Climate Corps program and also be used for projects on LIS habitats that protect communities from flooding and storm damage.

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J. Patrick Kelly of the Waterford-East Lyme Shellfish Commission asks a question about shell recycling as he holds a large oyster shell.

Shell recycling engages lively discussion at annual meeting

Like the sidewalks and streetlights of a town, oyster and clam shells are an essential feature of a healthy marine ecosystem in Long Island Sound. A presentation and robust discussion about developing shell recycling programs highlighted the Annual Meeting of Shellfish Commission on Jan. 21.

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Coastal Perspectives lecture series begins Feb. 7

The Coastal Perspectives lecture series begins its 27th year in February, hosting free presentations for the public at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Auditorium at the Avery Point campus of UConn. sTo Len, CTSG Arts Award recipient for 2022, will give the final talk on April 18.

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2023-24 Coastal & Marine Economics Graduate Fellowship open

The Coastal and Marine Economics Graduate Fellowship Program was established to enable selected graduate students to conduct independent fundamental or applied economic research for one year under the guidance of their academic advisor. Applications are due on May 5.

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