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.
On Monday, July 27, the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response hotline (CCS MAER) received notification from the US Coast Guard of a whale in distress about ten miles east of the entrance to the harbor of New York City. The MAER team then spoke...
July 10, 2020 Statement by Dr Charles "Stormy" Mayo Director, CCS Right Whale Ecology Program With the recent listing by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) of the North Atlantic right whale as Critically Endangered on the Red List of Threatened...
Friday, June 26 Shortly before 1 pm on Thursday, June 25, researchers at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) were notified about a dead whale sighted off New Jersey. The CCS Right Whale Ecology Program was conducting an aerial survey in the New York Bight at the time...
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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.