The Maritime Aquarium gives visitors a window into Long Island Sound, officially designated an Estuary of National Significance, and a veritable rain forest of the sea, rich in aquatic life. This extraordinary ecosystem has supported the economy and culture of this region since prehistoric times.
Today, some 20 million people – among them, the vast majority of The Maritime Aquarium's visitors – live within a one-hour drive of the Sound. The cumulative effects of their actions make sustaining the natural functioning of the Sound a real challenge. But in this challenge lies our opportunity – to fulfill the promise of aquariums articulated by the Pew Oceans Commission (2003) and foster an ocean conservation ethic focused on this fine body of water in Connecticut's front yard.
… To Be A Sound Steward
Do you love Long Island Sound and all the creatures that live in and around it? If so, help us promote a healthy Sound for the future by living a Sound Friendly lifestyle.
Remember the land-water connection. What we do on our land directly impacts Long Island Sound. You can control the polluted runoff from your neighborhood by taking the following steps.
Remember that water flows downstream. Long Island Sound is downstream of almost everything in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. The Sound does not have an endless capacity to absorb waste.
You and your family have the power to keep Long Island Sound clean and its inhabitants safe. Join us in protecting our natural resources. Be a Sound Steward!
Learn more about organizations focusing on Long Island Sound and conservation issues by clicking the links here
You do if you live anywhere in Connecticut, southwestern Rhode Island, or any other area shaded on the map. A watershed is land that collects rainwater, sediments and dissolved materials that flow to rivers, their tributaries and estuaries. The three rivers shown are (1) the Connecticut, (2) the Housatonic and (3) the Thames.
The Sound’s watershed extends into Canada, covering an area of 15,820 square miles inhabited by 32+ million people. Any pollutants entering the water in this vast area can ultimately harm the Sound. Other areas such as New York are also a big part of the watershed of Long Island Sound.