Long Island Sound Publications

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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Liane Philpotts of Madison painted a scene at the mouth of the Thames River.

Habitat walk, paint-out bring artists to Avery Point

Nine members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society visited UConn Avery Point on Sept. 9 at the invitation of Connecticut Sea Grant. The event is part of Sea Grant’s efforts to reach out to new groups during its 30th anniversary year celebration.

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Josephine Thibodeaux, age 3, was one of the many market-goers who sampled the scup and quinoa salad.

Food Boat event introduces market-goers to scup

“If you end up liking our sample,” said Kate Masury, program director for the nonprofit group Eating With the Ecosystem, “go out and ask for it at your local market. By eating these local species, you’re helping reduce carbon emissions and you’re supporting local fishermen.”

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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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An osprey pair feeds chicks in a platform nest at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford just before sunset on Aug. 22 as a snowy egret wades through the marsh.

Picture your pictures in Wrack Lines – photo contest open for entries

As summer winds down, head out to one of the many beautiful places on our coastline with your camera and get creative! Long Island Sound and its waterways are very photogenic, so getting good pictures of the wildlife, scenery and people at work and play in this estuary of national importance is easy. Capturing eye-catching images is a great way to spend time outdoors and appreciate all the beauty right here at home – and join Connecticut Sea Grant in celebrating its 30th anniversary.

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Niantic Beaches Living Ecosystem Project "Seaweeds of Niantic" pamphlet cover

Pamphlets teach about marine life of Niantic beaches

The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation has published educational pamphlets to teach the public about the seaweeds, shells and plants on the town’s shorelines. The project was co-sponsored by the foundation and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, with funding provided by Connecticut Sea Grant.

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Alex Mynuk deposits an empty water bottle he found off the main trail at Bluff Point into a trash bag.

Clean-up starts campaign to break single-use plastic habit

About 40 youth from Mystic Aquarium’s summer camps joined representatives of the Long Island Sound Study and Connecticut Sea Grant in a cleanup at Bluff Point State Park on Aug. 1 to launch a social medial campaign to get people to “break the single-use plastic habit” and help protect the Sound’s wildlife.

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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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A snowy egret stands in the marsh at Bluff Point State Park in Groton.

Sound summer: sunsets, smiles, beaks, boats & fishermen

Whether you’re looking for beach scenes, sunsets, wildlife or the many ways people recreate on the water, Long Island Sound offers a wealth of material for photographs. This summer, make sure to take your camera when you head to the shore and look for photos to help Connecticut Sea Grant celebrate a significant milestone.

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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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This map included in the draft Blue Plan inventory shows the distribution of different types of sediments in Long Island Sound.

Long Island Sound resource inventory moves toward completion

Despite 300 pages of data, maps and listings of the ecological resources and human uses of Long Island Sound, the inventory created as the foundation for the first-ever marine spatial plan for the estuary isn’t yet complete. At least that’s the view of two of the speakers at the public hearing May 8 on the draft version of the Long Island Sound Blue Plan Resource and Use Inventory.

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30th Anniversary Photo Contest

CT Sea Grant will be celebrating its 30th anniversary year starting in August.  From Aug. 20 through Sept. 30, we will accept entries for a photo contest of Connecticut waterways, from the rivers and streams that flow into Long Island Sound to the estuary itself. Send us photos picturing how you play, work and enjoy the natural beauty of our shores, or of the wildlife that inhabit these special places…

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Guide to decapods of Long Island Sound 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 in 2017 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 […]

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Living Treasures: Plants and Animals of Long Island Sound

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, […]

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Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher (LISMT) Program

Connecticut educators are strongly influenced by standards in multiple subjects in terms of curriculum, instruction and assessment. With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there is a significant change in the way science is taught and assessed. Since the release, states across the country are considering adoption, in whole or in part, […]

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A Student’s Guide to the Phytoplankton of Long Island Sound

Peg Van Patten, Judy Yaqin Li and Gary H. Wikfors. A digital guide to the microscopic world of phytoplankton, which make possible all of the creatures in Long Island Sound. A wonderful aid for high school or freshman college biology classes. Funded by the EPA Long Island Sound Study. 60 pages, illlustrated. Free download. Click […]

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A Guide to Planting Along the Connecticut Coast

Juliana Barrett, Ph.D. This 22-page guide lists native trees, shrubs and vines that are appropriate for planting in Connecticut’s coastal zone. It includes a map of that ecoregion and characteristics of each species, such as tolerance to salt water and salt spray, with light and soil requirements. Download here in PDF. Publication Number CTSG-11-03

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Long Island Sound Curricular Resource Guide

Funded by the EPA Long Island Sound Study and edited by Diana Payne, the 148-page guide is a resource for educators teaching about Long Island Sound. The Guide is divided into five sections: 1) background information about Long Island Sound (LIS), 2) LIS activities, 3) LIS lesson plans, 4) science lessons at a LIS field […]

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A Planting Guide for Riparian Sites Along the Connecticut Coast

Juliana Barrett and Rachael Cleveland This 8-page pamphlet, published in 2009, describes some of Connecticut’s coastal habitats, the functions and values of riparian buffers, and how to plant a riparian buffer. Such buffers can minimize the impacts of polluted runoff on water quality and coastal habitats. Free print copies while quantities last. Please add $1.25 […]

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The Vegetation Mosaic of Ragged Rock Creek Brackish Tidal Marsh, Connecticut River, Old Saybrook CT

William H. Moorhead III, Cary Chadwick, Sandy Prisloe, Juliana Barrett and Nels Barrett This study used the detailed plots-based floristic descriptions of traditional phytosociology to inform scenes of high resolution imagery to characterize and map, in detail, the brackish tidal wetland plant communities of Ragged Rock Creek. An emphasis was placed on providing a baseline […]

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Salt Marsh Plants of Long Island Sound

WINNER of 2010 APEX AWARD of EXCELLENCE R. Scott Warren, Juliana Barrett, and Margaret Van Patten This 38-page guide provides an overview of salt marsh habitats in the Long Island Sound region, and includes 23 individual plant descriptions with color photos and line drawings. It has a centerfold depicting marsh habitats and the location of […]

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Sound Facts: Fun Facts about Long Island Sound Second Edition

WINNER of 2010 APEX AWARD of EXCELLENCE M. Van Patten, M. Moore and E. O’Muin A fun and colorful, 80-page booklet about our favorite estuary, its biology, geology, chemical and physical parameters, and environmental concerns. This booklet is a compilation of features developed as a collaboration between Connecticut Sea Grant and The Day newspaper. Perfect […]

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Long Island Sound Educational Resources CD-Rom

This CD is intended for K-12 teachers and educators only. It contains several educational resources for the classroom: a Long Island Sound Image Library, Living Treasures of Long Island Sound, and Sound Facts: fun facts about Long Island Sound. Free to teachers but shipping charges apply. Contact Michelle MarcAurele or download order form. This project was […]

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Salt Marsh Plants of Long Island Sound

R. Scott Warren, Juliana Barrett, and Margaret Van Patten This 38-page guide provides an overview of salt marsh habitats in the Long Island Sound region, including 23 individual plant descriptions with color photos and line drawings. It has a centerfold depicting marsh habitats and the location of salt marsh plants within the marsh. Publication Number […]

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Seaweeds of Long Island Sound- New Second Edition

WINNER of APEX AWARD of EXCELLENCE Peg Van Patten 104 page, 4-color, lavishly illlustrated guide to the seaweeds of Long Island Sound. Topics include species identification and when, where, and how to collect and preserve specimens. Many habitat views and microscopic images are included with pages for individual species. 162 photographs. Funded by an education […]

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Grateloupia turuturu, a Red Alga Invading Long Island Sound

Nancy C. Balcom 1-page 2-sided illustrated fact sheet. A red seaweed from Japan has appeared in Long Island Sound. This fact sheet describes what it looks like, why it is a problem, and what to do about reporting sightings of it. Illustrated. Free. Download here. $1.50 for postage and handling, free for pick up.  

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LIS Lobster Health News

New York Sea Grant and Connecticut Sea Grant A user-friendly summary of the latest research results of the Long Island Sound Lobster Mortality Research Initiative. Topics covered include Pathogens, Pesticides, Environmental Factors, etc. Nancy Balcom and Antoinette Clemetson, eds. Illustrated, 10 pages. Download PDF Free while supplies last!

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Guide to Understanding and Providing Public Access to Connecticut’s Coast

Nicole Vickey Connecticut’s coastline is one of the most densely populated in the nation, with about 3,235 people per square mile of shore. Yet 80% of the shoreline is privately owned. This pocket-sized, 18-page booklet is intended to serve as a guide for town planners and municipal officials. Topics include the public trust doctrine, the […]

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Visual Guide to Long Island Sound Marine Invasive Species

Tessa Getchis and Nancy C. Balcom A set of 18 field cards in full color, printed on heavy waterproof paper and hung on a key ring. Includes some native species for comparison. Cost: $5.00 per set plus $1.50 for postage and handling if mailed. To receive a copy, contact: Michelle MarcAurele.  

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Aquatic Invasive Species of Long Island Sound Poster

Nancy C. Balcom A colorful poster depicting invasive species, with information on when they were reported in LIS. Cost: $2.50 per poster plus $1.50 for postage and handling if mailed. Free to K-12 teachers but postage and handling charges will apply. To receive a copy, contact: Michelle MarcAurele.  

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Long Island Sound in a Jar

Heather Crawford 96-page illustrated compendium of fun, educational hands-on activities for youth, demonstrating the impacts of humans on aquatic ecosystems. Perfect for youth camp leaders, environmental groups, teachers, and families. Ages 9-14. Publication Number CTSG-99-01 Download PDF

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