NOAA and Partners Improve Aquaculture Siting Decision Tool for Long Island Sound
A NOAA-led, multidisciplinary team is refining a tool used by farmers and regulators to choose locations of shellfish aquaculture farms in Long Island Sound. The updated tool will merge Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) model results with The Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas to better support aquaculture farm siting decisions. Specifically, a color-coded geospatial layer will be added to the Atlas to show the time to harvest at various locations within Milford, Stonington, and Westport Harbors.
The team—composed of partners from NCCOS, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Laboratory, Connecticut Sea Grant, the University of Connecticut, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—met in Avery Point, Conn. on April 29–30, 2014 to continue development of the tool.