The Onrust approaches the dock at the Connecticut River Museum after taking a group of local youth for a sail.

Sailing ship becomes classroom for Sea Grant experts, researchers

Leaders of partner organizations, town officials and individual stakeholders joined Connecticut Sea Grant on Oct. 5 for an on-the-water workshop aboard the Onrust, a replica of the vessel Dutch explorer Adraien Block sailed into Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River in the early 1600s.

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Chilled calamari salad was also served.

Open house, annual blessing showcase Stonington fishermen

The town’s commercial fishermen and Gambardella’s Wholesale Seafood hosted the first-ever open house on the town dock on July 28, inviting the public to learn about and sample seafood caught by local fishermen. The Saturday event was a prelude to the annual Blessing of the Fleet the next day.

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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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Fishermen climb into a life raft in their immersion suits during safety & survival training. Photo: Judy Benson / Connecticut Sea Grant

Safety training helps fishermen survive in a dangerous job

Chris Fowler knows the perils of his occupation as a commercial fisherman, consistently ranked one of nation’s the most dangerous jobs. So a year after he began catching skate, whiting, squid, flounder and fluke from a vessel docked in New London, he took a day off from fishing to equip himself with the skills he needs to survive an accident at sea.
He was one of 36 commercial fishermen and state agency personnel who took part in a daylong safety and survival training course on May 10 sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant, Fishing Partnership Support Services, the U.S. Coast Guard and UConn-Avery Point.

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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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Seafood Savvy Newsletter

Nancy 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. Most recent issue: February 2018   January 2017 January 2016 January 2015 December 2013 January 2013 September 2011 December 2009 December […]

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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 […]

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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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2006 Economic Assessment of the Connecticut Commercial Lobster Industry

Robert Pomeroy, Nancy Balcom and Emily Kieley An economic assessment was conducted using questionnaires distributed to commercial lobstermen, in response to concerns about the lack of recovery of the industry from a massive die-off in 1999. This report compiles and analyzes the responses received. Free. Download here  

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Evaluation of Fish Tags as an Attenuated Rights-Based Management Approach for Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries

R.J. Johnston, D.S. Holland, V. Maharaj, and T.W. Campson This report explores issues related to the potential adaptation of rights-based harvest tags to the recreational reef fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. State harvest tag programs for hunting and mixed hunting/fishing are also summarized, as well as eight of the better-known existing harvest tag programs […]

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Summary Report on Long Island Sound Lobster Die-Off

Nancy Balcom and Penelope Howell Responding to a resource Disaster: American Lobsters in Long Island Sound 1999-2004 is a report issued in 2006, which unravels the mystery of the environmental stressors that killed the lobsters. It summarizes the results of 21 research projects and conclusions of the research teams. Now you can follow the complex […]

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Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management

Dr. Robert Pomeroy Conventional fisheries management focuses on a single species or stock and may assume that the productivity of that stock is a function only of its inherent population characteristics. Ecosystem-based management strategies recognize that both natural and human elements in the ecosystem must be taken into account in order to really understand fisheries. […]

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Adaptive Management

Dr. Robert Pomeroy Adaptive management relies on deliberate experimentation followed by systematic monitoring of the results from which fisheries managers or fishermen can learn. 1-page fact sheet. Publication Number CTSG-03-10 Free. Download PDF  

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Rights-based Fisheries Management

Dr. Robert Pomeroy A rights-based fisheries management system might include limited entry or access rights, input rights (fishing effort) or output rights (specific catch limits). The various forms and characteristics are presented. Publication Number CTSG-04-02 Free. Download PDF

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Fisheries Co-Management

Dr. Robert Pomeroy Co-management is an alternative management strategy that involves fishermen in the management process. There is greater local stewardship, responsibility, and enthusiastic participation in management when fishermen are active members of the management team. Find out how it works and the pros and cons in this 1-page (2-sided) fact sheet, intended for Connecticut […]

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Marine Protected Areas: an Ecosystem-based Management Tool

Dr. Robert Pomeroy Because of their integral role in marine biodiversity conservation and ecosystem-based management, marine protected areas (MPAs) have recently emerged as an alternative for protecting fish populations and their habitats. 1-page fact sheet. Publication Number CTSG-03-09 Free. Download PDF  

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Royal Red Shrimp: An Emerging Deep Sea Fishery in the Northeast

N. Balcom, J. Leamon and W.I. Bomster This report provides insight into the potential of a new fishery targeting royal red shrimp (Pleoticus robustus). The authors assess the market for a profitability of royal red shrimp caught off the southern New England and the mid-Atlantic coasts, and investigate the cost of outfitting a commercial vessel […]

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