Our Mission

New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) is a volunteer driven nonprofit based in southeastern Massachusetts. Our organization combines educational outreach with research and conservation activities to protect and rescue marine wildlife in the coastal waters of New England. One of ours goal is to create community interest in local wildlife—working with communities to help people integrate with the wildlife that lives around them—much of which is endangered or threatened in Massachusetts. As well NECWA aims to teach the next generation of field biologists and conservationists by providing internship opportunities for high school and college students to gain experience in the field of marine science. As a research non-profit the data collected from our many projects is used to enhance our understanding of the unique marine wildlife found off our shores. This data is shared with researchers in the United States and worldwide to support conservation and management efforts. As a rescue non-profit NECWA oversees rescues for ocean sunfish and other species that strand each fall and early winter in the communities around Buzzards Bay and along the shores of Cape Cod.

NECWA focuses on local issues in our area and collaborates with various private, government, and non-government organizations to achieve our many goals. Through our research projects and educational outreach activities, we work to protect the whales, turtles, ocean sunfish, basking sharks, dolphins, seabirds, seals, and the other unique coastal marine wildlife of New England.

All fundraising events help support projects and activities related to educational outreach, research, and conservation. 100% of donations goes to the work we do on behalf of marine wildlife.

Our Founder

Founder and President of NECWA, Carol “Krill” Carson is a marine biologist who has worked in the New England area since 1980. She received the nickname “Krill” from Capt. Aaron Avellar when crewing aboard his whale watching boat. In the spring, Krill is busy counting herring and horseshoe crabs, she spends her summers studying diamondback terrapins and her falls rescuing ocean sunfish, sea turtles, and other marine wildlife in the New England area. Krill is the founder and President of the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), a non-profit organization based in southeastern Massachusetts. She is also the author of the book My Friend Salt: The story of Salt, the most famous humpback whale in the world!

Krill Carson presenting mola facts at Mass Maritime in the fall of 2021.