Coastal Habitats

Research in 2020: from microplastics to East River barriers

Oysters, sturgeon, salt marshes, stormwater and possible impacts of East River storm surge barriers will be the subjects of six two-year research projects being funded by Connecticut Sea Grant starting in 2020. The six projects will focus on different aspects of the ecosystem of the Long Island Sound watershed.

Past, future of New England lobster industry is project focus

Lessons learned from the 1999 lobster die-off in Long Island Sound will provide the foundation for Connecticut Sea Grant’s contribution to a major Northeast collaboration to enhance understanding of potential changes to the nation’s primary lobster fishery in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank.

35 volunteers help kick off campaign with beach cleanup

One hundred pounds of litter – everything from deflated Mylar balloons and monofilament fishing line to plastic bottles, Styrofoam cups, straws, cigarette butts and lots of bottle caps — filled the buckets and reusable bags of 35 volunteers Thursday at Lighthouse Point Park as they helped launch a campaign to keep plastic trash out of Long Island Sound.

2 Sea Grant programs support student’s unique summer job

For many college students, the summer after freshman year means heading home for jobs waiting tables, working at youth recreation programs or scooping ice cream at the beach snack bar. But after completing his first year at the University of Delaware, Sam Koeck came home to Connecticut to the kind of paid internship usually afforded only to students further along in college. 

Public hears of LIS Blue Plan impacts on new, current users

Commercial clammer Rosemary Louden asked how the Long Island Sound Blue Plan would impact the business that’s been in her husband Jay’s family for the past 100 years. At the May 14 public meeting on the plan, she learned that the historic Louden commercial shellfish beds in Greenwich are considered “significant human use areas” that would gain protection from any proposals that would impact them.