Lisa Guy shows a flask of haslea, one of the 230 microalgal strains grown at the Milford lab.

NOAA’s Milford lab provides key ingredient for shellfish farms

“The Milford lab,” as it is known in the shellfish industry, is a main supplier of algae to shellfish farmers along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts – and even worldwide. NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center has supplied algae free of charge to shellfish farms for more than five decades, drawing from collection of 230 strains, among them those that are most important for young oysters and clams.

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Rosemary Louden asks how the Blue Plan would impact the commercial shellfish beds she and her husband Jay lease in Greenwich.

Public hears of LIS Blue Plan impacts on new, current users

Commercial clammer Rosemary Louden asked how the Long Island Sound Blue Plan would impact the business that’s been in her husband Jay’s family for the past 100 years. At the May 14 public meeting on the plan, she learned that the historic Louden commercial shellfish beds in Greenwich are considered “significant human use areas” that would gain protection from any proposals that would impact them.

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Cover of "Regulatory Guidance for the Direct Marketing of Molluscan Shellfish in Connecticut"

New guide for direct marketing of shellfish available

“Regulatory Guidance for the Direct Marketing of Molluscan Shellfish in Connecticut,” a 13-page booklet, is now available for free download. It covers the shellfish distribution chain, marketing avenues, who can market directly to consumers, insurance, regulatory requirements and other topics.

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The Science and Technology Magnet High School team at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, left to right, was comprised of Aidan Desjardins, Derek Raymond, Christopher Bowens, Alex Matthews and Coach Charles Mulligan.

Students savored opportunity of ocean sciences contest

Learning marine biology, physics, chemistry and other sciences may have started in the classroom for these teenagers, but their recent opportunities to showcase what they know in a regional then a national competition gave them a whole new level of enthusiasm for the world of oceanography.

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Michael Pacucilla, director of health for the East Shore District Health Department, talks about West Nile virus during a panel discussion. Behind him is University of Rhode Island Prof. Jose Amador.

Climate change challenges: mosquitoes, runoff & septic

For anyone who assumes mosquitoes are just a nuisance, Michael Pacucilla has a sobering message.The director of health for the East Shore District Health Department, he shared a personal story about the serious consequences that can result from a bite by one of these ubiquitous insects.

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