Eelgrass restoration in the Thames River
New London ― A group of people worked Friday to glue eelgrass seeds onto 800 clams, which will be placed in the Camel Reef site in the Thames River as part of an eelgrass restoration project. An estimated 20% of the seeds will germinate when the clams bury themselves.
Eelgrass habitat has been declining in Long Island Sound for years. Recently, there has been support for restoring eelgrass in the Sound from New York, Connecticut and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The project is a joint venture between Connecticut College, Indian River Shellfish of Clinton and Norm Blume & Son Shellfish in Westbrook and is also funded by 11th Hour Racing Foundation.
Connecticut College students will compare how their eelgrass plots are doing compared to the Clinton and Westbrook sites.
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