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…


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


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.


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

CCS Aerial Survey Sights Blue Whale Off Truro, MA

CCS Aerial Survey Sights Blue Whale Off Truro, MA

On Wednesday, May 5, a blue whale was sighted just 13 nautical miles east of Truro by the Center for Coastal Studies Right Whale Aerial Surveillance team. Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are the largest animal ever known to have lived, growing up to 100 ft in...

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Virtual Actual Earth Day Cleanup

Virtual Actual Earth Day Cleanup

On one of the coldest Earth Days we can remember, during a bizarre pandemic requiring drastic changes in our daily lives, more than 60 hardy souls ventured out into the world to participate in the First Annual Virtual Actual Earth Day Cleanup, sponsored by the Center...

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Upcoming Events


October 23rd, 2020

NET ZERO 2020 is the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative’s third annual and first virtual Net Zero conference to learn, get inspired and take action! This FREE event will showcase […]

Online Lecture: Pleasant Bay – Seals in All Seasons

October 27th, 2020

Lisa Sette, manager of the Seal Research program at the Center for Coastal Studies, will discuss the long-term monitoring project in Pleasant Bay and other seal projects underway at CCS. […]

Get Involved

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.

Get Social With Us!

'Spinnaker' movie director Nadine Licostie and our own Dr. Charles "Stormy" Mayo are participating in a Live Q & A on Friday, October 23 at 10 am on Zoom. Their conversation about Spinnaker, the humpback whales whose short life was blighted by entanglement, is presented by the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.

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Meeting ID: 962 0336 3669
Passcode: 105692

And don't forget, you can watch the Spinnaker movie online during our FREE Sea Change Film Shorts 2020 presentation, streaming online from November 15-23! Sign up at
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Contact Us

Entanglement Hotline: (800) 900-3622
(508) 487-3622
5 Holway Avenue
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-3623

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