Living shorelines article explores interactive workshop technique

“Living Shoreline Design Charette: A New Twist on the Charette Technique,” has been published in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of Extension. Written by Juliana Barrett, associate extension educator with Connecticut Sea Grant, along with Miriah Russo Kelly and Bruce Hyde, both assistant extension educators with the University of Connecticut’s Department of Extension, the article describes a one-day shoreline design charrette in 2016. This interactive workshop engaged a variety of stakeholders in understanding how to use this climate adaptation technique to design systems that control coastal erosion.

New report highlights impacts on seafood industry

Steve Plant of Connecticut Cultured Oysters lowers a cage of oysters into the Mystic River.
Steve Plant of Connecticut Cultured Oysters lowers a cage of oysters into the Mystic River.

The 2016 -2017 annual report on Connecticut Sea Grant’s accomplishments and impacts in seafood production and consumption is now available for download. The 35-page report covers Sea Grant’s work on fisheries management in the Philippines; programs to provide safety and survival training to local fishermen; seafood safety training; seaweed aquaculture research and research on remote setting to stabilize annual oyster seed supply cost-effectively, among many other topics.

View the report at: 

Special issue of journal highlights resilience symposium research

Research from a recent symposium supported by Connecticut Sea Grant, titled “Resilience and the Big Picture: Governing and Financing Innovations for Long Island Sound and Beyond,” has been published in a special issue of the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal.
The six articles in the journal are based on the presentations and panels at the April 22, 2016, symposium at the University of Connecticut Law School in Hartford. They explore the challenges and opportunities of embedding resiliency principals into the planning, stewardship and economic viability of the Sound and other coastal areas.
Syma Ebbin, organizer of the symposium and research coordinator at Connecticut Sea Grant, wrote the introduction and co-wrote an article on emerging marine spatial planning efforts in the Sound with Nathaniel Trumbull, UConn geography professor. Ebbin is also a professor in the UConn Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics. Other articles discuss how to finance resilience, flood insurance reform and policies that encourage property owners to retreat from coastal areas.
The journal can be found at:

Harmful Algae: A Compendium Desk Reference (executive summary)

By Tessa Getchis and Sandra Shumway.
This 16-page booklet provides a summary of the key issues and state of the science pertaining to harmful algal blooms as presented in “Harmful Algal Blooms: A Compendium Desk Reference,” to improve management and response. Print copies are available from Connecticut Sea Grant by contacting:

New guide to decapod larvae available

“Keys to the Larvae of Common Decapod Crustaceans in Long Island Sound,” a 48-page guide to the early life stages of lobsters, crabs and shrimp, was published this spring by Connecticut Sea Grant and Project Oceanology. Written by Howard “Mickey” Weiss, Project O founder and senior scientist, it includes black-and-white drawings identifying the main parts of the anatomies of various decapods, as well as color photos of more than a dozen species. For a free download of 21 MB copy, go to: Weiss Decapod Crustacean larvae book_Web
To purchase a print copy for $8 plus shipping, contact Andrea Kelly at: Please reference the title and publication number CTSC-17-09.

Wrack Lines Spring/Summer 2017

Cover of Wrack Lines Spring/Summer 2017 shows aerial view of the coast with the words "Changing Connecticut: Big Changes are happening close to home".

This issue talks about changing species, landscape, coast, emerging legal questions, and more.
Editor, Peg Van Patten
(For future issues contact Judy Benson, editor)
Designer, Maxine Marcy

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Living Treasures: Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound

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Lisa Wahle and Nancy Balcom
Connecticut Sea Grant has revised its old favorite, “Living Treasures: Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound” has more beautiful line drawings and updated expanded text. Reading level: middle school. Also in Spanish translation: Tesoros Vivientes. Single copies are FREE! Shipping charges apply for bulk orders. To receive a copy, contact: Office manager

Seafood Savvy Newsletter

Wrack Lines - no coverNancy Balcom and Lori Pivarnik
Newsletter published by Connecticut and Rhode Island Sea Grant concerning seafood safety issues. Please contact us if you would like to be added to our mailing list! Published Bi-annually.

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2017 Guide to Shellfishing on the Connecticut Coast

Connecticut Shellfishing GuidanceT. Getchis and Kristin DeRosia-Banick
This newly updated guide compiles information to help anyone get started in recreational shellfishing. It gives a rundown on what types of shellfish (clams, oysters, etc.) are found in this region and also includes information on where to go for permits, prices, contacts, etc. with information specific to each Connecticut coastal town.

Free: Download here