Considered as a tidal estuary, Long Island Sound rests between the shores of New York, Connecticut, Westchester County, and Long Island. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, it stretches for about 110 miles with its widest at 21 miles with varying depths from 65 to 230 feet. Several thriving cities sits along the coastal line of Long Island Sound housing more than 8 million people within its watershed. Some of the major cities in Connecticut are located in the island’s shorelines including New London, Norwalk, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Stamford. And of course, New York’s most scenic cities are also located along Long Island Sound like Glen Cove, New Rochelle, Rye, and some areas of Bronx and Queens.
But Long Island Sound is most famous for its wealthy neighbourhoods which made iconic for its huge mansions on the coast of Port Jefferson and from Pelham Manor to New Rochelle stretching through Madison in Connecticut. Properties in Westchester County are rated one of the highest in the country because of its prime location; within the proximity of the trendy New York City and just miles away from Long Island Sound.
As an amazing estuary, Long Island Sound is a place where salt water from the ocean greets the fresh water draining from the inland rivers. Experts considered the place as one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. It’s a heaven sanctuary for migratory and native birds alike, it serves as their breeding and feeding ground. Many parts of Long Island Sound serves as a nursery for thousands of species found in the ocean. The area is home to no less than 170 species of fish, 1,200 species of invertebrates, and even dozens of migratory birds travelling across the country.
Long Island Sound houses more than 4 million Americans and used by ships, barges, ferries to transport goods into other states. Fishing both commercial and recreation thrives in the area; oysters, crabs, lobsters, and different species of fish. Anglers price bluefish, winter flounder, fluke, tautog, and striped bass the most in Long Island Sound waters. Thousands of tourists flock the area to enjoy its sandy beaches while boaters dock its ports by hundreds to fish. As an estuary, bird watchers come to Long Island Sound to see the different variety of songbirds and hundreds of migratory birds. To educate the public about the importance of the ecosystem, the Long Island Sound has several nature centers and aquaria. It’s a way for people to know the different species of animals living within the state.