J.P. Vellotti holds an armful of the kelp he harvested from a site off Pine Island in Groton on June 22.

After 1st harvest from Groton site, kelp farmer looks to build market

As the first of the summer vegetables ripen for picking at local fields, a unique new crop had its maiden harvest from an underwater farm in Groton. It won’t be showing up at farm stands and farmers’ markets just yet, though. These long, curvy-edged, greenish-brown ribbons gathered by the boatload are, for now, awaiting consumer pioneers to fuel demand for locally grown edible seaweed, specifically kelp native to Long Island Sound.

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Bags of clams harvested by Atlantic Clam Farms in Greenwich await delivery to restaurants and fish markets.

Connecticut Shellfish Initiative earns regional recognition

The Connecticut Shellfish Initiative, a multi-year effort launched in 2014 to promote the growth of shellfish beds and shellfishing by identifying and removing barriers to commercial and recreational harvesters and raising public awareness, has received the Northeast Sea Grant Consortium Superior Outreach Programming Group Award.

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Sea to table: fish, shellfish & sea vegetables from local waters

The Spring-Summer 2018 issue of Wrack Lines focuses on local seafood, from newly abundant species to old favorites. Read how restaurants and markets are offering local seafood, availability of fish, shellfish and kelp, the experiences of a first-time clammer and some great recipes by Connecticut chefs.

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Fort Trumbull State Park in New London is the site of one of the Thames River Quest hikes on June 2. Photo: Thames River Heritage Park

Take a Thames River Quest hike June 2 to learn about history, ecology

The Thames River Quest, a free, three-part, treasure hunt-style educational hike, has been created by Connecticut Sea Grant and the Thames River Heritage Park as a new, unique offering for Connecticut Trails Day on June 2. Registration for the hike is now open at:

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