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.
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.
October 31, 2020 The CCS Marine Animal Entanglement Response team (MAER) is continuing to track an entangled North Atlantic right whale identified as #3920, nicknamed Cottontail. Cottontail, an 11-year-old male, was found by the CCS aerial survey team on October 19,...
October 20, 2020 While many research activities across the country have necessarily been restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic, beach debris cleanups are one of the few activities that can be conducted safely, as participants wear masks and gloves and can maintain...
Free online film festival and auction to support the oceans, research, education, outreach, and future disentanglements Provincetown, MA (September 23, 2020) - In response to the pandemic, the Center for Coastal Studies Provincetown has transformed its much-celebrated...
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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.