UConn video highlights kayak eco-tour of shellfish farms

A video created by the University of Connecticut showcases the kayak eco-tour of Mystic River shellfish farms developed by Tessa Getchis, senior extension educator for UConn Extension and Connecticut Sea Grant, in partnership with local oyster farmer Steve Plant and a local kayak rental company. 

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Screen shot of Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas

Journal article highlights the CT Aquaculture Mapping Atlas

The latest issue of the Journal of Shellfish Research highlights the Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas in an article titled, “Shellfish Aquaculture Map Viewers: An Assessment of Design, Data and Functions to Inform Planning and Siting in the United States.”

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Plastic balloons, water bottles and monofilament fishing line were among the trash picked up by volunteer Karri Beauton during the cleanup.

35 volunteers help kick off campaign with beach cleanup

One hundred pounds of litter – everything from deflated Mylar balloons and monofilament fishing line to plastic bottles, Styrofoam cups, straws, cigarette butts and lots of bottle caps — filled the buckets and reusable bags of 35 volunteers Thursday at Lighthouse Point Park as they helped launch a campaign to keep plastic trash out of Long Island Sound.

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Protect Our Wildlife sticker with oystercatcher

3rd year of #DontTrashLISound campaign adds new partners

Lighthouse Point Park will be the site of a beach cleanup and information outreach event on Aug. 8 to launch this year’s “Don’t Trash Long Island Sound – Break the Single Use Plastic Habit” campaign to encourage people to embrace reusable items instead of throwaway plastics and to protect the Sound.

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2 Sea Grant programs support student’s unique summer job

For many college students, the summer after freshman year means heading home for jobs waiting tables, working at youth recreation programs or scooping ice cream at the beach snack bar. But after completing his first year at the University of Delaware, Sam Koeck came home to Connecticut to the kind of paid internship usually afforded only to students further along in college. 

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Lighthouse Point Park, a popular New Haven beach, will be the site of the kick-off cleanup event on Aug. 8 for the #DontTrashLISound campaign.

Cleanup at New Haven’s Lighthouse Point to start campaign

Volunteers are invited to join the Long Island Sound Study, Connecticut Sea Grant, Save the Sound, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission and Mystic Aquarium on Aug. 8 for the second annual beach cleanup to launch the Don’t Trash Long Island Sound – Break the Single Use Plastic Habit campaign.

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Devon Forest, left, educator at the Maritime Aquarium, points out one of the features in Norwalk harbor to Sacred Heart University Prof. Jennifer Mattei, one of the speakers for the workshop.

Norwalk harbor is setting for final on-the-water workshop

Connecticut Sea Grant hosted the final in a series of four on-the-water workshops celebrating its 30th anniversary on July 26 on Norwalk Harbor. Seven speakers and 24 passengers toured the busy harbor aboard Spirit of the Sound, the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk’s hybrid electric vessel.

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