Two grants to remove derelict fishing gear from Long Island Sound

Posted on October 19, 2011 by FIS

Restoration of the Long Island Sound marine habitat took a major step forward this week with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's announcement of two grant awards to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) to identify and remove more than 118 tonnes of marine debris, including abandoned lobster pots, from the Sound. Through these awards, provided by the Fishing for Energy Fund and Long Island Sound Futures Fund, CCE will employ up to 45 local lobstermen to identify and remove derelict fishing gear, reclaiming more than 40,000 ac of the sea floor of the Long Island Sound.

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