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.
The Center for Coastal Studies is pleased to announce a very special community celebration of their Fishing Gear Debris Recovery and Repurpose program. The 2022 Local Bounty Banquet, this year known as The Feast of the 14* Fishes and hosted by Sal's Place in...
Eastham -- Fifteen volunteers with the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) set out on the first day of the 7th Annual Outer Cape Cleanup at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham this morning, cleaning plastic trash and other debris between there and Lecount Hollow in Wellfleet...
The Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) team at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) freed a young humpback whale Sunday outside Boston Harbor. The whale was badly entangled in fishing gear but is now in a better position for recovery. Recreational fishermen...
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.