"The re-energized focus on Long Island Sound's story is obvious in the colorfully redesigned main hall, which has been renamed Newman's Own Hall in celebration of a $1.2 million grant from Newman's Own Foundation."

– The Norwalk Citizen

Exhibits & Animals

Blue Crab Fun Fact

Blue crabs are good swimmers. Their specially adapted pair of back legs are "swimmerets" that help move them effectively through the water.

striped bassStriped bass (Morone saxatilus) are found in waters from Canada all the way down to northern Florida. They can grow up to 59 inches.

Striped bass move into fresh or brackish water in the spring to spawn. But they don't go as far up-stream as spawning Atlantic salmon, so stripers were not as dramatically affected by the construction of dams.

What DID affect their numbers was overfishing. Strict federal and state management rules implemented in the mid-1980s helped to restore striper stocks by 1995 - what the National Marine Fisheries Service calls "the most significant recovery documented for a coastal finfish species."

Striped bass have a conservation status of "Sustainable." You can fish for striped bass year-round in Connecticut waters, but with a limit of two per day and you have to throw back anything smaller than 28 inches. The record catch in state waters is 75 pounds, 6 ounces!