Water Quality in Long Island Sound is Better than Average this Summer
The areal extent is well below the long term average and the lowest since 2002.
Most of the DEP’s 2007 hypoxia maps are now online, here.
Coincidentally, I wrote yesterday about a question from Sally Harold of The Nature Conservancy, who asked me what I knew about an apparent paucity of jellyfish in the Sound this summer. I had no clue, but the Connecticut DEP noticed the same thing that Sally did. In her water quality report, Katie O’Brien-Clayton wrote:
We have also not encountered many ctenophores in the plankton tows this summer.
Ctenophores are comb jellies.
So I guess it's true. For whatever reason, there are fewer ctenophores around this summer. I'd still like to hear some ideas about why that is so.