Hitchhikers Guide to Invasive Species
MIT Sea Grant is on the lookout for invasive species. Get the free guide, and help out.
More info
For more info, look at the Invasives section of the website.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots, non-profit organization of recreational divers who regularly conduct fish biodiversity and abundance surveys during their dives.
View collection data for Massachusetts

Salem Sound Coastwatch is a partnership of citizens, communities and government that strives to protect and improve the environmental quality of Salem Sound and its watershed. Part of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays)

The New England Aquarium's hotline for any stranded marine animal is (617) 973-5247
All reports of living or dead marine animals should be reported to the hotline #, which is manned 24/7. Land animals and marine birds should be reported to town/city animal control.
What to do

Seafood Watch
A program of Monterey Bay Aquarium provides recommendations on which fish to choose by raising consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources.
Beach Cleanups

Annual Dry Dive

Every dive season, the dive club takes a driving tour of the best dive sites on Cape Ann. We drive all over Rockport, Gloucester, and the surrounding areas and point out the highlights of each site, and any tips we have for entrance/exit, or what to look out for.

Along the way, we collect any trash or debris on the beach, and properly dispose of it. We will be doing a cleanup at each stop until we run out of space in the truck for trash.

For more information or to sign up, email: shoredive@neadc.org


COASTSWEEP

The Massachusetts Annual Statewide Beach Cleanup

Volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out in large numbers each September and October for COASTSWEEP, the statewide coastal cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and coordinated by the Urban Harbors Institute (UHI) of the University of Massachusetts Boston. COASTSWEEP celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.

COASTSWEEP is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC. Volunteers from all over the world collect marine debris and record the types of trash they collect. This information is then analyzed and used to identify sources of debris and to develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce marine debris globally.

To volunteer for an event, organize your own cleanup, or learn more about COASTSWEEP, see the following links:

  • Get Involved - information on how to organize or participate in a cleanup
  • Cleanup Lists - a full list of scheduled cleanups

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