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Courtney, Zeldin lead 107 congressmen supporting Sea Grant funds

Congressman Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, along with Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., led a bipartisan group of 107 members of the House of Representatives in calling on the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies to continue their support for the National Sea Grant College Program.

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Kristin DeRosia-Banick bags oysters for the testing project.

Cleaner Mystic River could give shellfish farmers room to grow

When the sewage treatment plant on the Mystic River was upgraded in 2015, probably few community residents here imagined local shellfish farmers might benefit, let alone oyster and clam growers across the country. But that’s a possibility, depending on the results of a $300,000 federally funded testing project now underway.

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Kyla Kelly, a Hollings Scholar from the University of New Haven, conducts lab work during her internship with NOAA Fisheries in Seattle, WA. Photo: Steffaney Wood

NOAA scholarships open doors for Connecticut students

In 2017, three of the 10-week paid internships available through the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship program went to students from Connecticut universities. A fourth Hollings Scholar came from a college in Tennessee for an internship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries lab in Milford.

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National Sea Grant highlights CT aquaculture, economic impact

Two new fact sheets from National Sea Grant highlight the work of the 33 Sea Grant offices across the country in advancing aquaculture and helping promote growth of the coastal economy. Connecticut Sea Grant’s contributions to establishment of new shellfish and seaweed farms and retention of existing ones are featured.

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