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Fall/Winter 2018-19 Wrack Lines magazine cover: Past, Present and Future on our Coastal Waters.

3 harbors, lobsters, shad and more in new Wrack Lines

The Fall/Winter 2018-19 issue of Wrack Lines tells about progress and setbacks of the last three decades on Long Island Sound, with stories on Norwalk, New Haven and Niantic harbors; the contrasting survival stories of the lobster and shad populations, along with some shad recipes; and winners of our 30th Anniversary photo contest. Send questions about the articles to “Ask Wrack Lines.”

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Sunset at Meigs Point at Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison is captured in a long-exposure image by Ben Kuropat of Guilford.

Beautiful images from our Wrack Lines photo contest

Winning entries in our 30th anniversary photo contest will be published in the upcoming Fall-Winter 2018-19 issue of the magazine. Here are some of the other entries depicting how we live, work, play and enjoy the natural beauty of Long Island Sound.

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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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Wrack Lines Fall/Winter 2017-18

PDF of entire issue. Articles:  Letter from the Editor A day at the beach is for learning Chemistry in motion Van Patten recognized at national Sea Grant conference Engineers get acquainted with aquaculture Testing project could expand yields of seaweed grown in Long Island Sound Searching for the menace of mercury Bios and Knauss Fellows

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Wrack Lines Spring/Summer 2017

Download entire issue in PDF (large file – 12 MB) or individual articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com. Letter from the Editor (Page 2) As Connecticut’s Landscape Goes, So Goes the Sound (Page 4)) Long Island Sound Fish Respond to Warming Water  (Page 8) Marshes on the Move (Page […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2016 (Vol. 16, No. 2)

Download entire issue PDF(9 MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com. Letter from the Editor (page 2) Contents (page 3) Throw the Big Ones Back! (page 4) Endangered Atlantic sturgeon find a new nursery in the Connecticut River (page 8) Urban Wetlands–a Salty Conversation (page 10) […]

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Wrack Lines (Spring/Summer 2016): Vol. 16, No. 1

Download entire issue in PDF (large file – 12 MB) or individual articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com. Letter from the Editor (Page 2) Shellfish by the Numbers – infographic (Page 4) Selling a Shellfish Story (Page 8) From Sea to Table Means Fresh is on the Menu […]

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Wrack Lines (Fall/Winter 2015): Vol. 15, No. 2

Download entire issue PDF(2 MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.Letter from the Editor: Tough Times Don’t Last (Page 2)Contents (Page 4)Communicating Risk: How People Respond to Coastal Warnings (Page 4)Connecticut Climate Adaptation Academy (Page 9)Connecticut Seeks National Estuarine Research Reserve (Page 11)Restoration of Dodge Paddock […]

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Wrack Lines (Spring/Summer 2015): Vol. 15, No. 1

Download entire issue PDF(9 MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.Letter from the Editor (page 2)Contents (page 3)Seaweed Cleans the Sound (page 4)Wrack Lines poem by Pete Gunn (page 8)Rain Garden App Goes Multi-state (page 10)What Healthy Coastal Forests and Shorelines can Teach Us about Landscaping […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2014 (Vol. 14, No. 2)

Download entire issue PDF(3.3 MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.Letter from the Editor: “SEA” What’s New! Peg Van PattenThere’s Still Time to Get Your Feet Wet by Valerie CournoyerIshmael’s Plankton Net: Marine Science Aboard the Historic Charles W. Morgan by Alexandra McInturfNOAA B-Wet Projects by […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2014 (Vol. 14, No. 1)

Download entire issue PDF(3.3 MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com by.Letter from the Editor Peg Van PattenA Path Forward for Connecticut Shellfish by Tessa GetchisThe Clam Fairy by Stephen J. PlantThe Old Man and the Sea by Tessa GetchisDJ King: a Once (and Maybe Future) […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2013 (Vol. 13, No. 2)

Download entire issue PDF(3.3 MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.Letter from the Editor Peg Van PattenCoastal Towns Adapt to Realities of Climate Change by Christine WoodsideCelebrating Connecticut Sea Grant’s 25th Anniversary by Peg Van PattenSalt Marsh Sparrow by Milan G. BullA Vision for Connecticut Shellfish […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2013 (Vol. 13, No. 1)

Download entire issue PDF(2.3 MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.Letter from the Editor Peg Van PattenShifting Sands: the story of Griswold Point by Clay Arnold, Joel Stocker, and Juliana BarrettA MAGICal Look at the Shore by Suzanne ZackFor the Birds: Piping Plovers by Milan BullNew […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2012 (Vol. 12, No. 2)

Download entire issue PDF(1.7MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.Letter from the Editor Peg Van PattenOut of Sight but Not Out of Mind: a Look at Nanoparticles in the Marine Environment by Evan Ward and John J. DoyleDespite Losing its Mittens, a Chinese Mitten Crab Finds […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2012 (Vol. 12, No. 1)

Download entire issue PDF here (2MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.Letter From the Editor Peg Van PattenReconciling Whales and Lobstermen by Peg Van PattenBreathing of the Bays by Jamie VaudreyDiscovering the Light Bulb Tunicate by Jamie ReinhardtBeyond Sushi: CIA Leads the Way by Peg Van […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2011 (Vol. 11, No. 2)

Download entire issue PDF here (2MB) or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.Letter from the Editor number 19 Peg Van PattenCaring for the Sea is a Way of Life for Dania Trespalacio Connecticut Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow for 2012 by Peg Van PattenTropical Storm Irene […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2011 (Vol. 11, No. 1)

Letter from the Editor Peg Van Patten. DownloadCelebrate Wildlife of LIS by Peg Van Patten. DownloadSharks in Long Island Sound by Dave Sigworth. DownloadBottlenose Dolphins in the Long Island Sound by Art Kopelman. DownloadIn Search of the Shimmering Scup by Peg Van Patten. DownloadBehold Loligo, a Prolific Molluscan Summer Spawner by Kurt Gottschall, CT DEEP. […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2010 (Vol. 10, No. 2)

Download entire issue here or download articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com Letter from the Editor #17 Peg Van Patten. Download A Rain Garden Grows in Bridgeport by Mike Dietz. Download The Heat is On: a Look into New England’s Future Climate by David J. Nicosia. Download Landmark […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2010 (Vol. 10, No. 1)

Letter from the Editor #16 Peg Van Patten. DownloadScoping Out the Shorebirds of Summer by Milan Bull. DownloadProtected Habitat is a Legacy of Generations by Nancy C. Balcom. DownloadWhere Can Sea Level Rise? by Joel Stocker. DownloadPine Island: an Island Exploration by Syma A. Ebbin. DownloadSea Grant “Alumni”–to There from Here by Nancy.C. Balcom. DownloadConnecticut […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 2)

Letter from the Editor #15 Peg Van Patten. Download A Muddy Mystery: Sudden Vegetation Dieback in CT marshes by Wade H. Elmer. Download Oceans and Human Health: Hand in Hand by Melissa Ryan. Download DNA, Red Tide and the Sea: a New Exhibit at Mystic Aquarium by Peg Van Patten. Download Looking Forward to Spring’s […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 1)

Letter from the Editor #14 Peg Van Patten. DownloadHooked on seafood – fresh from farmers’ markets by Courtnay Hermann Janiak. DownloadFocus on the Coast expands its web site DownloadSmart coating technology developed by PEL DownloadCoast Guard tackles ballast water management by Lt. Cmdr. John Natale and Penny Herring. DownloadSummer is time to think aabout invasive […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2008 (Vol. 8, No. 2)

Letter from the Editor #13 Peg Van Patten. Download Oyster Stuffing – as versatile and imaginative as the cook! by Sandra Shumway. Download Recounting the Hurricane of 1938 by Syma A. Ebbin. Download Are You Ready for the Next “Big One”? by Peg Van Patten. Download Hurricane Preparedness Checklist Download Jeff Godfrey Dives Into Science […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2008 (Vol. 8, No. 1)

Letter from the Editor #12 Peg Van Patten. DownloadThe Horseshoe Crab Conundrum by Jennifer H. Mattei and Mark A. Beekey. DownloadMercury and the Ocean by Rob Mason. DownloadThe Milford Library—Oysters, Clams, Scallops and Fish too! by George Sennefelder. DownloadMinding the 3 R’s: Protecting Connecticut’s Coastal Resources through Response, Remediation, and Restoration by Anthony Dvarskas. DownloadIn […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2007 (Vol. 7, No. 2)

Letter from the Editor #11 Peg Van Patten. Download Red Shrimp Recipe Chef Chaz Paull, Daniel Packer Inne. Download Royal Red Shrimp-Stonington’s Succulent Secret by Rob Jennings. Scientists with the Census of Marine Life’s Zooplankton unit are barcoding the wee beasties. Download Bob Pomeroy Asks “How is Your MPA Doing?” in Five Languages by Suzanne […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2007 (Vol. 7, No. 1)

Letter from the Editor #10 Peg Van Patten. Download Slaughter Sees Nature with an Extraordinary Eye by Peg Van Patten. A Long Island artist uses canvas and paint to reveal nature. Download A World of Small Discoveries: Zooplankton Barcoding by Rob Jennings. Scientists with the Census of Marine Life’s Zooplankton unit are barcoding the wee […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2006 (Vol. 6, No. 2)

Letter from the Editor #9  Peg Van Patten. DownloadFind Your Way Around Long Island Sound by Peg Van Patten. Some great new digital maps from the Long Island Sound Resource Center will give you a new perspective. DownloadRecapturing the Unsinkable Spirit of the Bonhomme Richard by Melissa Ryan: A search is underway for the remains […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2006 (Vol. 6, No. 1)

Letter from the Editor #8 by Peg Van Patten. Download Wading in Quinnipiac Mud Guides Career Path for Beth Owen by Tristan Kading: How a former Yale/Sea Grant Coastal Intern found happiness (and work) in Maine. Download Clam Heaven: What Summer Brings to the Connecticut Shore by Tessa Getchis: Grab your bucket and rake, and […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2005 (Vol. 5, No. 1)

Letter from the Editor Peg Van Patten. Download Scientists Crying “Foul”: Sea Squirts invade Long Island Sound by Stephan Bullard, Robert B. Whitlatch, Sandy Shumway and Richard Osman. Download What’s Putting Aquaculturists in a “Foul” Mood? by Tessa S. Getchis. Download Phrag is a Drag: a Bird’s Eye View of a Pesky Invasive Plant by […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2004 (Vol. 4, No. 2)

A Decapod Crustacean “Who-dun-it?” by Peg Van Patten. Download Spreading Shell Rot Disease “Eating” New England Lobsters by Peg Van Patten. Download Taking a Bite Outta Lobster Declines by Capt. Warren “Ted” Colburn. Download Expert Assists in Post-Tsunami Rebuilding in Thailand by David Bauman. Download What Color is Your Carapace? by Cindy Weiss. Download A […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2004 (Vol. 4, No. 1)

Letter from the Editor #8 by Peg Van Patten. Read A Sea Change for Our National Ocean Policy by Nancy C. Balcom. The world’s oceans are in trouble. U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy (USCOP) has submitted a report with recommendations for the United States for actions that will help. The importance of the ocean to […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2003 (Vol. 3, No. 2)

Download individual articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com. “Lighthouses Illuminate Area’s Richness” by Stephen Jones -Want to know how prosperous a coastal region is? Just count the lighthouses. Download “UCONN’s Maritime Studies Program”by Helen Rozwadowski -An exciting new undergraduate program ties UCONN students into the region’s maritime heritage. […]

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Wrack Lines – Spring/Summer 2003 (Vol. 3, No. 1)

Download entire issue PDF (8 MB) or download individual articles below. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.”Microbes and Mud Give Scientist Clues about Life on Mars…and Earth” by Peg Van Patten – UCONN marine scientist Pieter Visscher investigates stromatolites, the earliest known forms of life on Earth, and the possibility […]

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Wrack Lines – Fall/Winter 2002 (Vol. 2, No. 1)

Download entire issue PDF (8 MB). You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader available at Adobe.com.”Rights of Passage” by Kathleen O’Neil – Now who owns the beach? Nonresidents now have more beach access options in Connecticut thanks to a State Supreme Court ruling in 2001, under “free speech” (right to congregate) provisions. The ruling […]

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