Coastal Resources

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.

UConn video highlights kayak eco-tour of shellfish farms

A video created by the University of Connecticut showcases the kayak eco-tour of Mystic River shellfish farms developed by Tessa Getchis, senior extension educator for UConn Extension and Connecticut Sea Grant, in partnership with local oyster farmer Steve Plant and a local kayak rental company. 

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.