The Center for Coastal Studies is dedicated to understanding, preserving and protecting marine ecosystems and the coastal environment through applied research, education and public policy initiatives.
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.
CCS 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.
A regional collaborative convened by the Gulf of Maine Association has developed a field guide to debris items commonly found along the shores of the Gulf of Maine. Through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris...
Q: In November you attended an international shark conference in Australia. That’s a long way to go, so it must be an important conference. And certainly, Australia is home to a large population of sharks. Can you tell us about the conference? A: The conference is...
PROVINCETOWN, MA – Researchers from the Center for Coastal Studies spotted four to seven endangered North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay yesterday, Jan. 24, 2024. The sighting occurred aboard the Center’s research vessel Shearwater, operating out of...
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.
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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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