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.Members of the state's municipal shellfish commissions gathered for the 16th annual meeting on Jan. 11.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.Passengers walk toward the docks at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk after the July 26 On-the-Water Workshop aboard Spirit of the Sound.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.Early results show sand lance larva, shown in closeup, are particulary sensitive to higher levels of carbon dioxide. Photo courtesy of Hannes Baumann
Flier for Foundations of Shellfish Farming course

Register now for shellfish farming course starting Jan. 24

Foundations of Shellfish Farming is a training course for new and prospective farmers and those who simply seek to learn more about aquaculture practices and techniques. Classes will meet at UConn Avery Point on Tuesday evenings from Jan. 24 to April 11.

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Sea Grant-National Marine Fisheries Service fellows sought

The 2023 Sea Grant Graduate Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is open for submissions until Jan. 25. The fellowships are available to PhD students in programs in population or ecosystem dynamics, resource or environmental economics or related field.

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Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison is part of Connecticut's 332-mile-long coastline.

Applications sought for 2023 Coastal Management Fellowship

NOAA is seeking applicants for the 2023 Coastal Management Fellowship Program. This program provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and project assistance to state coastal zone management agencies.

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Silde with information about Knauss fellowship

2024 Knauss fellowship applications period now open

CTSG is accepting Knauss Fellowship applications from graduate students for the one-year period anticipated to begin February 1, 2024. This opportunity provides a unique educational experience to students interested in ocean and coastal resources and in the national policy decisions affecting them.

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Participants in Safety at Sea training practice boarding a life raft.

Novice or veteran, fishermen value safety & survival training

Dan Russell and Abraham Powell are at opposite ends of their fishing careers. Russell has been fishing for 50 years, while Powell was hired a month ago. Yet they agreed Safety at Sea training was time well spent regardless of whether they were seasoned or beginner in this ancient and perilous trade.

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Community climate planning projects underway in 4 CT cities

Four Connecticut cities have joined a pilot project to boost community participation in climate change planning. Community activities in Bridgeport, New Haven, New London and Norwich are being led by CTSG and NOAA and will focus on climate risk communication and planning for community resilience.

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Hurricane Sandy hit the Connecticut shoreline and Long Island Sound in October 2012, further exposing the state's vulnerable shoreline. Researchers say new approaches to resilience are needed as sea levels rise and powerful storms become more common

Rethinking CT’s Coastal Land Use and Adaptation Strategies

A study by Juliana Barrett of CT Sea Grant and UConn researcher Tao Wu looks at past land use changes and the importance of taking factors such as socio-economic development and the dynamic nature of coastal environments into consideration to make these areas more resilient to climate change.

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