"Estuaries such as Long Island Sound are among the most valuable ecosystems in the world. The Sound supports diverse marine life, including most of the fish and shellfish we value as food ..."

– Connecticut Sea Grant

Conservation & Research

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Long Island Sound Fun Fact

Long Island Sound is 113 miles long, 21 miles wide (at its widest) and holds about 18 trillion gallons of water. Its average depth is 63 feet – which is just a little deeper than the height of our IMAX screen! Can you fathom that?!


LIS-Shoreline-BirdsWe are in the process of compiling a database of educational resources on Long Island Sound (and adjacent marine and terrestrial ecosystems) - specifically pertaining to its natural history and historical use. Although we are restricted in the amount of information we can incorporate into our website, we will endeavor to post materials that we determine to be most relevant. Thank you.


Coastal Atlantic Sea Creatures: A Natural History, by Robert Bachand
This book covers a selected number of the fascinating and varied marine animals that inhabit the shorelines of Long Island Sound. It examines their role in the coastal ecosystem, adaptations to the stresses of their environment, species interrelationships and reproductive strategies. (Adapted from Preface)

Saltwater Fishes of Connecticut: Second Edition, by Keith Stewart Thomson, W.H. Weed III, Algis G. Taruski, and Dan E. Simanek State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection: 1977

Marine Animals of Southern New England and New York: Identification keys to common nearshore and shallow water macrofauna, by Howard M. Weiss State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection: 1995

Bigelow and Schroeder's Fishes of the Gulf of Maine: Third Edition, by Bruce B. Collette and Grace Klein-MacPhee (eds.) Smithsonian Institution Press: 2002 (ISBN: 1560989513)

Investigating the Marine Environment: A Sourcebook, by Howard M. Weiss and Michael W. Dorsey (Volume 1: Field Studies, Volume 2: Laboratory-Classroom Studies, Volume 3: Teacher's Manual) Project Oceanology: 1979


Scuba Northeast: Shipwrecks, Dive Sites & Dive Activities, by Robert Bachand
Diver-authors who write about a favorite shipwreck whet the appetite yet seldom give its exact location. It was in response to this frustration that Robert Bachand set out to write “Scuba Northeast.” This book includes selected shipwrecks and dive sites of Rhode Island to New Jersey. As much as possible, the exact position of wrecks has been included. Wrecks of course, are not the sole reason many dive. The northeast waters also harbor a profuse and diverse marine life, giving sightseers, underwater photographers and "food collectors" additional reason for pursuing this great sport. (Adapted from Foreword)

Margins: A Naturalist Meets Long Island Sound, by Mary Parker Buckles North Point Press: 1997 (ISBN: 0865475164)

Northeast Lights: lighthouse and lightships, Rhode Island to Cape May, New Jersey, by Robert Bachand Sea Sports Publications: 1989 (ISBN: 0961639938)

This Fine Piece of Water: An Environmental History of Long Island Sound, by Tom Anderson Yale University Press: 2002 (ISBN: 0300082509)


Aquarium Affiliates:
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Empty Oceans, Empty Nets - a documentary about the decline of marine fisheries.
Long Island Sound Study Online (Environmental Protection Agency)
MYSound (University of Connecticut Department of Marine Sciences
WTNH.com - monitor weather at The Maritime Aquarium.

NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Milford, Connecticut Laboratory)
Save the Sound

Seafoodwatch.org  - Offering recommendations for consumers.

SeaChoice.org  -  Also offers recommendations for consumers. 

The Ocean Project - Ocean Conservation through Education, Awareness & Networking.
Norwalk Seaport Association
Ocean Science Careers (Virginia Institute of Marine Science, with links to other sites)