Emily Kollmer, a recent graduate of the marine vertebrate biology program at Stony Brook University, asks a question during the forum.

Sea Grant-supported science is showcased in daylong forum

The keynote speaker at CTSG’s 30th Anniversary Research Forum used an anecdote about a Norwalk bridge project to show how the work of scientists provides the foundation environmental advocates need to persuade lawmakers to take actions that benefit Long Island Sound and its watershed.

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Deborah Swetz of Marrakech Inc. smiles when asked how she likes her job working with Gracilaria.

Unique partnership could help bring new seaweed crop to CT

Joseph Sarnelli and Deborah Swetz may not look like pioneers, with their hair nets and plastic gloves, but nonetheless they are part of an effort to bring a new agricultural crop to Connecticut. Their participation is one of the novel aspects of the project that brought Marrakech Inc., a non-profit that works with adults and youth with a range of disabilities and special needs, together with Connecticut Sea Grant.

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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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Antoinette Clemetson of New York Sea Grant / Cornell Cooperative Extension chooses priorities for outreach messages during an exercise at the Coastal Ocean Acidification workshop.

Workshop focuses on messages about coastal ocean acidification

Coastal regions that are some of the most productive areas for fish and shellfish harvests are seeing changes in water chemistry that are in part associated with atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide. What those changes will mean for coastal communities and deciding how best to respond to them was the purpose of a three-day workshop April 10-12.

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Kristin DeRosia-Banick bags oysters for the testing project.

Cleaner Mystic River could give shellfish farmers room to grow

When the sewage treatment plant on the Mystic River was upgraded in 2015, probably few community residents here imagined local shellfish farmers might benefit, let alone oyster and clam growers across the country. But that’s a possibility, depending on the results of a $300,000 federally funded testing project now underway.

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New report highlights impacts on seafood industry

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 […]

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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:

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New England Seaweed Culture Handbook: Nursery Systems

Sarah Redmond, Lindsay Green, Charles Yarish, Jang Kim and Christopher Neefus. 92-page illustrated handbook shows how to culture 4 ecologically and economically important seaweeds native to New England. They are kelp, nori, Gracilaria and Chondrus. UConn and University of New Hampshire research teams give your their expertise. Free. Download here Companion 6-part video series, Seaweed […]

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Enjoying Shellfish Means Keeping Them Cool

A. Concepcion A printable brochure about Vibrio bacteria and how to reduce your risk by handling seafood properly and keeping it chilled. Click here. This brochure may be printed and distributed.

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Sea Squirts as Potential Vectors of Harmful Algal Introductions

Tessa L. Getchis, Maria Rosa, and Sandra E. Shumway This fact sheet is about research that shows connections between sea squirts (ascidian organisms) and harmful algal blooms. In some species, algal cells remain viable after being consumed by biofouling organisms, the invasive sea squirts. 4 pages, color illustrations. Free. Download PDF  

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A Guide to Marine Aquaculture Permitting in Connecticut

T. S. Getchis, Cori M. Rose, David Carey, Shannon Kelly, Kristen Bellantuono and Peter Francis Everything you need to know to successfully navigate the aquaculture permit process in the State of Connecticut, including a permit that you can print and fill out. 140 pages. Free. Download PDF  

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Genetic Approaches for the Culture and Restoration of Bay Scallops

S. Stiles, J. Choromanski, and D. Jeffress This manual addresses techniques and technology for developing genetic lines and genetic strategies to improve culture, stock enhancement, and restoration of the bay scallop.   Illustrated, coil-bound.  80 pp. CTSG-08-16.   ISBN 1-878301-11.  Price: $10.00 includes postage and handling within the USA.  Orders outside the USA require additional postage. To […]

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Seed Oystering

T. Getchis, L. Williams, and A. May An 8-page introduction to seed oystering, written for Connecticut citizens, including history, ecology, equipment and techniques and information on regulations. Illustration of the oyster life cycle. Revised for 2007 Download PDF

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Decision-Making Factors for Investment in Aquaculture

R. Pomeroy This practical two-page (double-sided) fact sheet contains checklists to help the aquaculture professional evaluate an aquaculture business plan, including management, financial, physical, production, and marketing factors. The evaluation will help in business decision-making. Free. Download PDF

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Developing an Aquaculture Business Plan

R. Pomeroy A good aquaculture business proposal or plan will result in fewer mistakes in the business and exposes thoughts, assumptions, and research findings to reason. A business plan is also needed to secure financing. This 1-page fact sheet will help you develop your plan. Free. Download PDF

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Financing the Aquaculture Operation

R. Pomeroy and T. Getchis Obtaining capital for an aquaculture business can be a formidable task. This one-page fact sheet provides useful tips and resources. Free. Write for paper copy or Download PDF

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Aquaculture Record Keeping

R. Pomeroy This two-page (double-sided) fact sheet can help the aquaculturist keep accurate, detailed and complete records, to make the business most efficient. Such records can help in obtaining financing, doing taxes, and qualifying for government programs. Free. Download PDF

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Manual for Hatchery Culture of the Bay Scallop

J.C. Widman, J. Choromanski, R.A. Robohm, S. Stiles, G.H. Wickfors and A. Calabrese This manual, a collaboration between scientists at the National Marine Fisheries Lab in Milford, CT and Connecticut Sea Grant, describes step by step techniques for hatchery culture of bay scallops. 50 pp. Publication Number CTSG-01-03 with Postage $10.00. To request a copy, […]

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Economically Important Marine Plants of the Atlantic: Their Biology and Cultivation

C. Yarish, C.A. Penniman and M. Van Patten, Editors Proceedings of an international symposium held at the University of Connecticut in 1988 regarding the aquaculture, harvest and utilization of economically important seaweeds of the Atlantic Ocean. 158 pp. Publication Number CTSG-89-07 with Postage: $1.50. To request a copy, send an email to: Office manager

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