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 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 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.
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.
August 18, 2021 Over the last few weeks the Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) team at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown has recorded five instances of endangered leatherback sea turtles being released or partially released from...
August 17, 2021 Yesterday, the Center for Coastal Studies responded to a report of a humpback whale carcass floating south of Stellwagen Bank. Stranding network partners take the lead when carcasses strand on land, but CCS scientists are federally-authorized to...
August 16 The recent resurgence of COVID-19 in Provincetown is heavily impacting summer happenings and events. As a result, the Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown has been obliged to reschedule the August 21 Sunset Whale Watch fundraiser. The trip will now take place on...
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.