Committed to Science that Matters.

Since 1976, our focus has been to understand and protect our coastal environment and marine ecosystems through research, rescue, and education….

The Hiebert Marine Lab is closed to the public until further notice.

Some outdoor family and youth education programs have resumed; please check our events calendar for program and scheduling information.
Center for Coastal Studies staff continue to work from home and in the field to pursue the Center’s mission to protect and conserve the world’s oceans and marine life.  Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support.

Humpback Whale Research

The Humpback Whale Studies Program is the longest continuous research program at CCS. It is also one of the most detailed and long-term studies of a baleen whale population…

research

Our research is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and focused on finding sustainable solutions to the important issues facing our coastal communities and marine ecosystems.

rescue

The Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) program is an emergency, field-based conservation effort with staff on call 24/7 to rescue and document whales and sea turtles entangled in fishing gear.

education

The Marine Education and Outreach program promotes stewardship, raises awareness, and increases understanding of marine and coastal environments through a wide variety of audiences through curriculum-based classroom lessons, experiences in the field, and public outreach events.

Recent News

ONLINE HOLIDAY AUCTION NOW OPEN!

ONLINE HOLIDAY AUCTION NOW OPEN!

The Center for Coastal Studies Annual Online Holiday Auction is now open; view and bid anytime through November 29, 2020!  Thanks to the amazing generosity of the wonderful artists, businesses and organizations who donated to our auction, all of the proceeds from the...

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center

January 13th, 2021

The Town of Provincetown, Center for Coastal Studies, NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and a Community Steering Committee are hosting a public webinar on Wednesday, January 13 at 7 pm to […]

Sea Change Film Shorts

November 15th, 2020

The Center for Coastal Studies is going virtual for our first ever short film festival!  SEA CHANGE FILM SHORTS 2020 is available to stream FREE online anytime starting November 15! Hosted by WBUR’s […]

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The Center for Coastal Studies is an independent, non-profit, member supported organization whose mission is to understand and protect our coastal communities and marine ecosystems. The ocean and its spectacular diversity belong to all of us. You can support our critical work by becoming a member, volunteering your time, making a donation, or shopping our store.

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As a new or renewing member of the Center for Coastal Studies, you are making an active contribution to the study and conservation of the Gulf of Maine, home to the great whales of the North Atlantic and the many other fantastic varieties of wildlife for which it serves as a primary habitat.

meet our supporters

The Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) is a grant program whose mission is to support projects that enable innovative approaches to protect and restore natural resources. The Center for Coastal Studies Humpback Whale Studies, Right Whale Ecology, Marine Animal Entanglement Response, and Water Quality Monitoring programs all receive funding via the MET’s Environmental License Plate program. Visit their website for more information.

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Entanglement Hotline: (800) 900-3622
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(508) 487-3622
5 Holway Avenue
Provincetown, MA 02657
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