LI Sound Seafloor Study Underway

Long Island Sound, photo/Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Although Long Island Sound is surrounded by some of the most heavily populated and oldest communities in the country, a comprehensive and detailed scientific picture of the estuary does not exist.

A map of the areas to be sampled during the pilot Long Island Sound mapping project. Image courtesy of UConn/ Ivar Babb

That began to change Friday [June 15] with the announcement of the start of a multiyear project to survey the sea floor of the Sound and map bottom habitats, marine life communities and other conditions.

“This will arguably be the most comprehensive study of Long Island Sound ever,” said Ivar Babb, director of the Northeast Underwater Research Technology and Education Center located at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus in Groton.

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