Connecticut aquaculture farmers offering direct sales of fresh shellfish and other products to consumers can now be found easily on a newly created aquaculture sales website.
Connecticut Sea Grant is encouraging teachers and parents to check out the many online educational resources available that can be used for virtual and at-home lessons about Long Island Sound and the larger marine environment.
Sales revenue for Connecticut aquaculture producers fell an average of 93 percent in February and March compared to the same period in 2019, and 70 percent of the workforce employed in shellfish, seaweed and finfish farming operations have been laid off due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While nearly half of Connecticut aquaculture businesses have already completed a survey released on March 23, Connecticut Sea Grant and the state Department of Agriculture on March 24 urged those who had not yet responded to do so as soon as possible.
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 CT Sea Grant.
Beachcombing along the Connecticut coast can be a fun and healthy educational activity for families eager to get out outdoors while the COVID-19 virus keeps children home from school.
This year’s Coastal Certificate Classes, which met on March 9 and 11 at Connecticut College in New London, have been suspended until the COVID-19 virus threat abates.
Adapt CT, an outreach partnership of CT Sea Grant and CLEAR, has been awarded a $2,978 grant to fund a student intern to work on a video about climate change in Connecticut.
The Bureau of Aquaculture issued the following notice about its status during the evolving COVID-19 virus situation.
Due to disruptions related to the COVID-19 virus, the deadline for the new Connecticut Sea Grant undergraduate research fellowship opportunity for summer 2020 has been extended to March 31.