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Sea Squirts settling in, invade Long Island Sound

Release Date:
2/1/2012 2:45 PM

National Fisherman, February 2012

National Fisherman, February 2012: An Asian sea squirt species that’s colonized Long Island Sound may be thriving in the region’s slowly warming water temperatures, adding another threat to the already troubled shellfish of Connecticut and New York, say UNH researchers. The sea squirt’s optimum water temperature was thought to be 35 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit. But the New Haven team found tunicates growing happily in 86-degree water, says Carmela Cuomo, who heads the university’s marine biology program.

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