Connecticut program to assess growth potential for shellfish industry

Monday, December 24, 2018

Work on a project to maximize commercial shellfish harvesting levels is getting underway at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus in Groton.

A $75,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will enable Connecticut Sea Grant to use geographic information system technology to show what parts of Long Island Sound can best support the growth of shellfish. Geopgraphic information system technology takes layers of information and data and converts them into maps and three dimensional scenes.

Work on the project is just getting underway. A report that identifies the best areas for shellfish bed restoration will be released in two years.

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