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Sea Grant awards $820,000 for research under EPA's Long Island Sound study
Date:3/9/2009

also study the causes and impacts of recent red tide blooms in the Sound. Kamazima Lwiza and Gordon Taylor of SoMAS will investigate phytoplankton and microbial production and mortality and their effects on the Sound's bottom water oxygen.

"The range of projects we are funding builds squarely upon the existing body of knowledge about Long Island Sound and will fill in some of the remaining gaps," said Dr. Sylvain De Guise, director of Connecticut Sea Grant. "The results will help to conserve the Sound for current and future generations."

"These projects will improve our understanding of some of the critical issues facing our estuary," said Mark Tedesco, director of the US EPA's Long Island Sound Office, which manages the Long Island Sound Study partnership, and which provided the majority of funds for the Sea Grant- administered research projects. Since 2000, the Long Island Sound grant program has awarded 26 grants to scientists whose work helps meet the needs of decision-makers to improve the management of Long Island Sound.

A portion of the research funding comes from the two Sea Grant programs. Connecticut Sea Grant, based at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, and New York Sea Grant, based at Stony Brook University (SUNY), belong to the National Sea Grant College Program network, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea Grant's mission is to foster the conservation and wise use of our coastal and marine resources through research, outreach and education. The Long Island Sound Study, conducted under the EPA's National Estuary Program, is a cooperative effort between the EPA and the states of Connecticut and New York to restore and protect the Sound and its ecosystems.


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