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Niantic Beaches Living Ecosystem Project "Seaweeds of Niantic" pamphlet cover

Pamphlets teach about marine life of Niantic beaches

The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation has published educational pamphlets to teach the public about the seaweeds, shells and plants on the town’s shorelines. The project was co-sponsored by the foundation and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, with funding provided by Connecticut Sea Grant.

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Chilled calamari salad was also served.

Open house, annual blessing showcase Stonington fishermen

The town’s commercial fishermen and Gambardella’s Wholesale Seafood hosted the first-ever open house on the town dock on July 28, inviting the public to learn about and sample seafood caught by local fishermen. The Saturday event was a prelude to the annual Blessing of the Fleet the next day.

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Alex Mynuk deposits an empty water bottle he found off the main trail at Bluff Point into a trash bag.

Clean-up starts campaign to break single-use plastic habit

About 40 youth from Mystic Aquarium’s summer camps joined representatives of the Long Island Sound Study and Connecticut Sea Grant in a cleanup at Bluff Point State Park on Aug. 1 to launch a social medial campaign to get people to “break the single-use plastic habit” and help protect the Sound’s wildlife.

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Deborah Swetz of Marrakech Inc. smiles when asked how she likes her job working with Gracilaria.

Unique partnership could help bring new seaweed crop to CT

Joseph and Deborah may not look like pioneers, with their hair nets and plastic gloves, but nonetheless they are part of an effort to bring a new agricultural crop to Connecticut. Their participation is one of the novel aspects of the project that brought Marrakech Inc., a non-profit that works with adults and youth with a range of disabilities and special needs, together with Connecticut Sea Grant.

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A snowy egret stands in the marsh at Bluff Point State Park in Groton.

Sound summer: sunsets, smiles, beaks, boats & fishermen

Whether you’re looking for beach scenes, sunsets, wildlife or the many ways people recreate on the water, Long Island Sound offers a wealth of material for photographs. This summer, make sure to take your camera when you head to the shore and look for photos to help Connecticut Sea Grant celebrate a significant milestone.

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J.P. Vellotti holds an armful of the kelp he harvested from a site off Pine Island in Groton on June 22.

After 1st harvest from Groton site, kelp farmer looks to build market

As the first of the summer vegetables ripen for picking at local fields, a unique new crop had its maiden harvest from an underwater farm in Groton. It won’t be showing up at farm stands and farmers’ markets just yet, though. These long, curvy-edged, greenish-brown ribbons gathered by the boatload are, for now, awaiting consumer pioneers to fuel demand for locally grown edible seaweed, specifically kelp native to Long Island Sound.

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