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Center for Coastal Studies

Who We Are

The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) was founded in 1976 as an independent nonprofit, membership institution dedicated to research, conservation, public education and resource management of the coastal and marine environments. Led by a 21-member Board of Directors and an appointed President & CEO, the Center is located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the very tip of Cape Cod, amidst an amazing variety of natural habitats and land forms, and just six miles south of Stellwagen Bank, one of the richest marine habitats in the western North Atlantic. With a staff of 25, including five Ph.D.-level scientists, the Center has become internationally known for its progressive and innovative programs and scientific research endeavors

What We Do

The staff is aided by an equal number of dedicated volunteers, most of whom serve as citizen scientists for the Cape Cod & Islands Water Quality Monitoring Program, others who work to educate the public at our kiosk on MacMillan Pier, and still others who assist our marine mammal and fisheries scientists in the field and the lab.

The mission of the Center is:

• To conduct scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine;

• To promote stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems; and

• To conduct educational activities and to provide educational resources that encourage the responsible use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems.

The Center has brought together research, conservation and education through a diverse array of programs in right whale and humpback whale conservation biology; marine animal disentanglement; coastal processes research and surveys; water quality monitoring in Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound; and newer initiatives focusing on high definition seafloor mapping, seal and fisheries research, community outreach, marine debris, and active participation in helping to form ocean management initiatives and the implementation of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, the first of its kind in the nation.


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