New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance - NECWA
New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance is a non-profit environmental organization based in southeastern Massachusetts. NECWA staff are volunteers that dedicate their efforts to the protection and conservation of marine wildlife that live and feed in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine.
NECWA focuses on local issues in the New England area and collaborates with various private, government and non-government organizations to achieve its many goals. Through our research projects and educational outreach activities, we work to protect the whales, dolphins, seabirds, seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish and other unique coastal marine wildlife off New England.
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Seabird & Whale Tales Spring 2014 Excursions:
Click HERE to learn more about these exciting all day marine wildlife trips!
2014 trips are Sunday, June 8th from 8 A.M. - 4 P.M. and Sunday, September 7th from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
NECWA supports a variety of research and educational outreach activities within the New England community.
Currently, NECWA is focusing on 2 main projects:
- NEBShark - New England Basking Shark Project
A community-based marine sighting network where citizen scientists, called Coastal Wildlife Observers, provide sighting information on basking sharks and ocean sunfish observed from a beach or from a vessel offshore.
NEBShark is compiling data collected by Coastal Wildlife Observers as well as local organizations to learn more about the biology and ecology of these coastal pelagic fish.
- Project Marine Wildlife Research
NECWA oversees a variety of research projects in the New England area. NECWA staff study humpback whales and other baleen whales that migrate to feed off New England each season. We also study the biology and movements of basking sharks and ocean sunfish that can also be found in the waters off Cape Cod. As part of our research program, NECWA staff work with interns who can be high school and college students as well as professionals within the New England community. Interns gain hands-on experience in data management and analysis that will prepare them for future careers in the field of marine sciences.
The primary research platform for NECWA’s Humpback Whale Research Program is provided by the Captain John Boats, a commercial company that operates whale-watching and fishing tours out of Plymouth Harbor. Our interns join Captain John naturalists and head offshore to collect sighting information and photographic data on coastal marine wildlife observed in Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay, including the waters of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
Check in with Captain John Boats and read about their weekly marine wildlife sightings - Naturalists aboard Captain John Boats.
And keep updated on NECWA activities and programs in your area by reading our NECWA News blog - NECWA News
NECWA also has a number of fundraising events that help support the work that it does in the New England community.
These events include:
Please visit the different pages within our web site to learn more about these exciting and educational fundraising events. And learn about the various research and educational outreach activities provided and supported by NECWA.
Below are some of the pictures of marine wildlife that can be encountered during our Seabird & Whale Tales excursions.