Gills Club Scholarship for Shoals Marine Laboratory Shark Biology and Conservation Course


Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is offering a course in Shark Biology & Conservation July 16-30th 2018.  The last 30 years have produced an explosion of new information on the biology of the approximately 1,000 living species of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras, which collectively make up the group Chondrichthyes. This course will cover advanced topics in the evolution, diversity, anatomy, functional morphology, physiology, sensory systems, behavior, reproduction, development, and conservation of cartilaginous fishes.  Read more about the course objectives here

The course is being taught by Gills Club co-founder, Dr. Heather Marshall. 


Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) is pleased to offer a full-ride Gills Club scholarship (tuition, room & board, and the Shoal’s lab fee) for one student. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must follow these requirements:

-Scholarship is only available to female applicants.

-Students must submit transcripts that support an average GPA of 3.5.  Exception: Employed students with an average GPA of 3.0-3.49 can still apply but must include a proof of employment letter from a supervisor, that shows work hours and length of employment .

-Submit a one-page essay answering one of the following questions:

  • What would it mean for you to take Shark Biology and Conservation at SML?
  • How would this course contribute to your future career goals? 


1) Apply for SML Course:


2) Apply for AWSC's Gills Club Scholarship:


WHOI Center for Marine Robotics Receives NextGEN Award!

The Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) was chosen to receive a NextGEN award by the Massachusetts TechHUB Caucus.

The awards, which were announced Jan. 29, 2018, at the Caucus’ third marquee Innovation Day event at the State House, recognize tech firms and organizations that are leading and innovating in their field and contributing to the Massachusetts tech economy for the next generation.

WHOI established the innovative Center for Marine Robotics (CMR) in 2012 to help speed the development of robotic technologies in the region through collaborations with industry sponsors, academic partners, and key government agencies. CMR was one of six award winners celebrated at the Innovation Day event.

"We're extremely honored to be chosen for the NextGEN award," says James Bellingham, director of CMR and a pioneer in the development of autonomous marine robots. "Massachusetts and New England have been home to the leading innovators in the maritime industry since the age of sail. And now we're leading in the new maritime frontier: marine robotics."

WHOI researchers and engineers have helped shape ocean science and engineering for more than 85 years. Today, the Institution and CMR sit at the center of a growing marine robotics innovation hub in New England.

"We were proud to nominate WHOI and its Center for Marine Robotics for the inaugural NextGEN awards," says Wendy K. Northcross, chief executive officer of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. "As an anchor institution in our region’s burgeoning blue economy, WHOI demonstrates success on many levels, and we are excited to share the story of their innovative work and progressive work environment with others. We support the launch and growth of companies, like the Center for Marine Robotics, which are connected to the water."

"Robotic systems are opening the ocean to humans in brand new ways," adds Bellingham. "Odds are that anytime an autonomous robot goes in the water—even on the opposite side of the world—it was likely built right here in Massachusetts."

CMR is developing robots that are changing the way people and machines work together in the ocean. One current project under development is a long-range autonomous robot that will identify and map oil spills that occur under ice-covered oceans. A project of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the vehicle can track an oil plume and transfer real-time data back to ship or shore, giving first responders critical information earlier to make informed decisions.

CMR is also helping drive innovation in the region with the Dunkworks lab, a state-of-the-art, rapid prototyping center that opened its doors last summer. The collaborative facility, which is available to marine robotics businesses on a membership-fee basis, allows users to quickly take designs from concept to tested devices that are ready for application in the ocean.

"Membership in WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics is a great way for companies of all sizes to grow and be more connected to the world’s leading marine technology cluster found right here in our region," says CMR Assistant Director [and Blue Economy Project Program Director] Leslie-Ann McGee.

Other NextGEN Award winners included: 128 Technology, Burlington; MachineMetrics, Northampton; Optimus Ride Inc., Boston; Partners Connected Health Innovation, Boston; and SolidEnergy Systems, Woburn.

“Today was a terrific opportunity to explore what is possible thanks to the innovations of the businesses propelling Massachusetts forward,” says TechHUB Caucus co-chair Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland). “The winners of the NextGEN awards are transforming the future of technology and driving the next generation of economic growth.”

The TechHUB Caucus is supported by a Working Group that includes: Dell, Google, MassTLC, TechNet, the MassTech Collaborative, Microsoft, MITX, and Verizon.


The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is a 1,268-member organization that advocates on behalf of business to strengthen and promote regional economic vitality while addressing related cultural, environmental and community concerns. We are a catalyst and advocate for a vibrant economic community in order to create a better Cape Cod and a sustainable future., The Blue Economy Project is an initiative of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce with support from Governor Baker’s Seaport Economic Council and the Cape Cod Commission.  Recognizing that the Cape Cod region’s environment is its economy, the Blue Economy will be the fulcrum that balances our economic and environmental health, creates a new regional identity focused on pride in our water and coastal resources, and supports a more balanced and sustainable year-around economy for its residents. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean's role in the changing global environment. For more information, please visit

ELECTRONIC MONITORING SYSTEMS - Cape Cod Commercial Fishermans Alliance

The Fishermen's Alliance obtained NOAA's approval to allow local captains to install cameras on their boats to record 100 percent of their trips. These cameras help NOAA monitor the amount and type of discards that occur while the fishermen are fishing. In light of the high cost of having an observer, this could be a cost-effective alternative to on-vessel observers. Additionally, having cameras on board provide better data for fisheries managers. Cameras on-board also create better business flexibility for our fishermen. This project is part of larger regional coalition that is making technological advances in fisheries monitoring. 

Press Release: Cape Cod Chamber releases Blue Economy plan, announces new foundation

Centerville – December 5, 2017 - The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has released its Blue Economy Project implementation plan, and created the Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, to support the project’s future initiatives. The announcement came as part of an update provided during the 2017 Cape Coastal Conference.

“We are very excited about the community interest the Blue Economy has garnered over the past year”, said Kenneth Smith, Chamber board chairman.  “The ties between our environment and our economic health are undeniable.”

“Leveraging coastal resources as our greatest asset in a responsible way will help bolster our existing economy and bring new opportunities to the region,” stated Chamber CEO Wendy Northcross, “At the same time, we’ll be working to protect this place that we all love, by nurturing industries related to clean water, renewable energy and sustainable business practices.”

Program Manager Leslie-Ann McGee provided a recap of the year’s progress to this year’s Cape Coastal conference attendees, debuted the release of a new video to help promote the blue economy, and discussed some of the future initiatives the project plans to launch.

“We’ve spent the past year listening to residents, businesses, students, officials and everyone in between to socialize this idea.  We really see this as a new regional identity”, said McGee.  “Love for the region, its environment and water resources are a common binding interest that can be used as a fulcrum to grow the blue economy here.”

The Blue Economy Project is a regional initiative led by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, engaging stakeholders to sustain a maritime-focused economy on Cape Cod, the islands and southeastern MA. Building on existing sustainable tourism development, world class marine research, and land use planning dedicated to preserving our environment and quality of life, the initiative also aims for full inclusion with existing economic efforts in the region.

Funded in 2016 by the Massachusetts Seaport Council with a 15-month planning grant, the Project is spearheaded by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Cape Cod Commission, and has a geographic range that includes Cape Cod proper, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and southern Plymouth County.

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is a 1,272-member organization that advocates on behalf of business to strengthen and promote regional economic vitality while addressing related cultural, environmental and community concerns. We are a catalyst and advocate for a vibrant economic community in order to create a better Cape Cod and a sustainable future.

Blue Economy Implementation Plan:

View the Blue Economy Project video:

Cape Cod Natural History Conference, March 17, 2018: Request for Presentations

Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is now accepting proposals for presentations for the 23rd annual Cape Cod Natural History Conference which will take place at Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Arts Center on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 8:30 AM-3 PM.

Presentation Topics: Professional or personal research, studies, or observations focusing on the ecology, behavior, status, or distribution of local plants, animals, natural communities, and/or environmental restoration projects on Cape Cod are accepted.  Submissions with results will be favored over proposed research, though all submissions are welcome.

Proposals can be submitted here.

Proposal deadline is December 15, 2017

For more info contact:

Christine Harris Bates
Public Program Coordinator
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
508-349-2615 ext. 6113


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
CONTACT: David Deegan (News Media Only) (617) 918-1017

November 16, 2017


BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded more than $1.2 million to protect and enhance the health of two Massachusetts estuaries.

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program received $632,000 and the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) $622,500 under the federal Clean Water Act. These estuaries are among six designated estuaries of national significance in New England, and among 28 across the nation awarded funds to put programs in place, focused on areas that include the estuaries and surrounding watersheds.

“Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay are extremely important to the regional economy and our quality of life,” said EPA’s Region 1 Acting Administrator Deb Szaro. “These funds will take steps to help ensure the habitats and water quality of the two watersheds are protected and restored.”

Both programs, based in the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management in the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, are part of EPA’s National Estuary Program to protect and restore the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of estuaries of national significance. Funds support efforts to protect and restore key habitats, and improve coastal watershed resilience, and restore water quality, including reducing the impacts of nutrient pollution; outreach and community education are also important components of NEP programs.

“Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay are critical estuarine resources and their protection is vital in the Commonwealth’s efforts to preserve and restore water quality and critical habitat,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The funding awarded through the National Estuary Program will allow the Baker-Polito Administration to continue collaborating with local and federal partners on protecting and enhancing natural resources within Buzzards Bay and Massachusetts Bay.”


The MassBays region is one of the largest estuaries in the country, covering more than 1,000 miles of coastline from the tip of Cape Cod Bay to the New Hampshire border and serving 50 coastal communities. To cover this area effectively, MassBays teams up with organizations in five coastal sub-regions: Upper North Shore, Lower North Shore, Metro Boston, South Shore, and Cape Cod.

Working with these partners, MassBays uses the federal funds to help find solutions to some of the area's biggest problems and to improve habitat conditions and water quality. This year the program will focus on its monitoring program and on developing indicators that measure improvement, as well as completing a major revision of its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

The watershed area around Buzzards Bay is 435 square miles, which includes portions of 21 cities and towns and about 250,000 residents. The bay has 350 miles of coastline and 13 miles of public beaches.

In 2016, the Buzzards Bay program worked with its partners to finalize a revised long-term Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan to address water quality and wildlife challenges.

The Buzzards Bay program works toward its goals together with communities and other stakeholders in the watershed - boards of health, conservation commissions, planning boards citizens and non-profits.

More information on EPA’s National Estuary Program:

Announcing the Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation!


At our Phase I celebration event on November 2, 2017 at the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, the Blue Economy team announced the launch of the Cape Cod Blue Economy Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit. The CC Blue Economy Foundation will broaden the scope of funding resources available to the Blue Economy Project. The inaugural Board of Directors includes John Pappalardo of the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance, Bert Talerman of Cape Cod Five, Attorney Eugene Curry, Jon Hagenstein of Beacon Marine, and Stephen Tom of Teleport Consulting.

The celebration included a gathering of about fifty supporters of the Blue Economy Project, and featured presentations from Carolyn Kirk, Deputy Secretary of Housing & Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Co-Chair of the Seaport Economic Council, National Marine Life Center Executive Director Kathy Zagzebski, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Ken Smith, and Blue Economy Project Manager Leslie-Ann McGee. See the slide deck here. We previewed the Blue Economy Video, and got a snapshot of the upcoming Blue Economy Action plan, both slated for release by the end of November.

At the end of the presentations our guests enjoyed bites and beverages, and took tours of the National Marine Life Center.

APCC Testifies Against State Takeover of Federal Pollution Program

APCC testified before a state legislative committee on Tuesday in opposition to a bill that would transfer authority from the U.S. EPA to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a federal permitting program that regulates water pollution.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a permit program created in 1972 under the federal Clean Water Act to regulate sources that discharge pollutants to the waters of the United States. The NPDES program's authority includes regulatory oversight of pollution sources such as industrial wastewater, municipal sewage and stormwater.

The proposed legislation, An Act to Enable the Commonwealth's Administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, would transfer the EPA's longstanding authority of the program to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. 

APCC opposes transfer of the program to DEP on the grounds that the state agency lacks the budget or staffing capacity to satisfactorily administer this important pollution control program. APCC is concerned that water quality will suffer in Massachusetts--including on Cape Cod--if the state takes over the program.

Read APCC's letter to the state legislature. 

ARC adds new jobs, nurseries, receives state tax credit

Aquacultural Research Corporation (Dennis) – In 2016 ARC completed a $1.6 million hatchery facility, more than doubling their capacity. They now plan to construct two new nursery locations to support an increased shellfish seed output, representing a three-fold increase in nursery capacity. The company will create six new jobs and retain 17 while making a private investment of $330,000. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Board has awarded $100,000 in state tax credits.

DunkWorks open at WHOI - "Maker" Lab for Marine Robotics Prototyping

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito officially opened DunkWorks on July 20, hosted by WHOI President Dr. Mark Abbott and Center for Marine Robotics staff, including Blue Economy Project Manager Leslie-Ann McGee.

MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Press Release, Jul 20, 2017:

Lt. Governor Polito Celebrates Blue Economy Investments at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Joins Cape Leaders to Celebrate Launch of State-Funded Marine Robotics ‘Maker Lab’; Highlight Support for Upgrades to WHOI’s World-Class Research Facilities

WOODS HOLE, MASS. – Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Commonwealth and Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council, joined elected officials and business leaders from the Cape Cod region to highlight the Commonwealth’s investments into the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and to tour the Institution’s world-class research facilities. As part of the visit, the Lt. Governor helped WHOI launch the new DunkWorks ‘maker lab’, a Commonwealth-supported research and development facility that is designed to boost innovation in the marine robotics space, helping drive the testing and rapid prototyping of new technologies.

During her remarks at the event, Lt. Governor Polito noted WHOI’s role in driving growth in the marine robotics sector in the Cape and South Coast regions.

“For marine robotics companies looking to develop their technologies, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and its world-class research and facilities make it one of the best partners across the globe,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “The DunkWorks facility and other investments are creating collaborative spaces where innovators can come together, test their ideas, and then make them real. The training opportunities this infrastructure will provide can help truly set Massachusetts apart within this sector.”

DunkWorks is designed as a collaborative ‘maker lab’ or ‘skunk works’ that will allow marine robotics innovators access to cutting edge technologies and work spaces that will allow them to collaborate, create technology prototypes, and test their technologies prior to deployment in the ocean. The new lab will be located in WHOI’s campus in Woods Hole, providing easy access to the water.

"The nature of high-tech innovation is changing, moving faster and becoming more interconnected. WHOI is bringing that change to the emerging marine robotics industry," said WHOI President and Director Mark Abbott. "DunkWorks is a space where researchers and engineers can apply the latest advanced manufacturing techniques to create exciting new undersea systems. These innovations will enable the next generation of ocean scientists to further explore the ocean, and will the foundation for new marine industries.

The new DunkWorks facility is supported by a $5 million dollar award to WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics from the Commonwealth’s Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant program. The award is one of six made by the Innovation Institute at MassTech, which makes high-impact capital grant awards in promising areas of technology innovation. This is the first of four R&D infrastructure projects funded under the grant, which will also support upgrades to an existing Pressure Test Facility, a new Robotics Test Tank Facility, and improvements to an In-Ocean Test Environment, projects which will be rolled out over the coming years.

According to “The Massachusetts Robotics Cluster” report sponsored by MassTech and published by ABI Research, global revenue for unmanned underwater vehicles was $2.2 billion in 2015, but is expected to grow to $4.6 billion by 2020. 

“Marine robotics represents a real growth opportunity for Massachusetts and the Cape and South Coast in particular,” said Pat Larkin, Director of the Innovation Institute at MassTech. “With the help of WHOI and other research hubs, Massachusetts companies will be creating technologies that can address the needs of industries such as homeland security, environmental research, or offshore energy development.” 

MassTech’s Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant program was established in 2012, with $50 million in capital authorization, to spur additional research and development activity in regions of the Commonwealth. The Baker-Polito Administration secured an additional $15 million in capital authorization through the 2016 economic development legislation. 

“The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is on the cutting edge of innovation in both marine science and driving the Massachusetts economy,” said Sen. Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). “I am proud that the Baker-Polito Administration has chosen to partner with WHOI on this groundbreaking facility to continue that tradition for the benefit of Cape Cod and the entire state of Massachusetts.”

“As one of the world’s foremost ocean research organizations, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a model of how public investment in the sciences can pay dividends,” said Rep. Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth). “Additive manufacturing is the wave of the future, and a perfect example of how WHOI continues to be on the forefront of technological innovation.”

“Our congratulations and compliments to our colleagues at WHOI for their cutting-edge DunkWorks advanced manufacturing technology initiative,” said Falmouth’s Town Manager Julian M. Suso. “This is a further enhancement of WHOI’s world-class education and research facilities in Woods Hole. We thank the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for their continued support of WHOI’s extraordinary work in marine science.”

In addition to the DunkWorks launch, Lt. Governor Polito also toured the WHOI vesselsR/V Atlantis and R/V Neil Armstrong, viewed WHOI-produced unmanned underwater vehicles, and toured WHOI’s waterfront workspaces.

A major stop on the tour was WHOI’s Iselin Dock, which was the focus of a grant from the Baker-Polito Administration’s Seaport Economic Council. In February 2017, the Council made the $500,000 planning award to the Town of Falmouth and WHOI to fund a feasibility study and preliminary design for redevelopment of the Iselin Dock, noting its role as a key enabler of Falmouth’s $400 million annual oceanographic research and marine operations economy. The Seaport Economic Council has invested over $21 million in the Commonwealth’s coastal communities since the Executive Order creating the Council was signed in August 2015, with 49 awards made to date.

“The launch of the DunkWork’s maker lab today adds to the already strong Blue Economy here in the Commonwealth,” said Deputy Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Carolyn Kirk, vice-chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “This is yet another burgeoning area of innovation in the marine industry that this administration and the Seaport Economic Council is proud to support.” 

 In 2016, the Council also awarded a $180,000 planning grant to the Cape Cod Commission to advance the region’s maritime economy and bring increased, consistent, and sustainable prosperity to the Cape and Islands by leveraging its natural coastal resources, the innovative ideas of the local community, and existing marine related industries, to increase the number of businesses and jobs in the Cape and Islands region that are not heavily dependent on the seasonal/tourist economy.


About MassTech:

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative is an innovative public agency working to enhance economic growth, accelerate technology use and adoption, and harness the value of research by engaging in meaningful collaborations across academia, industry, and government.  From improving our health care systems and expanding high-speed internet across the state to fostering emerging industry clusters, MassTech is driving innovation and supporting a vibrant economy across the Commonwealth.

About WHOI:

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean's role in the changing global environment. For more information, please visit

Rangers Offer Water and Beach-Based Programs: Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore’s location makes it ideal for exploring diverse natural resources and habitats through water and beach-based recreational activities. In July and August join park rangers for guided canoe and kayak trips, surfcasting lessons, snorkel tours, beach yoga, and salt marsh explorations. Programs are held daily in locations from Eastham to Provincetown. Equipment is provided for all programs.

“Kayak the Cape” is the national seashore’s newest water-based program. Join us in our new solo kayaks for 3-hour explorations of a marsh, kettle pond, or dune-sided lake. Minimum age is 12, and previous kayaking experience is required. Cost is $45 per person.

Seven “Salt Pond Paddle” programs are offered each week in Eastham. These leisurely, 1 1⁄2-hour trips around Salt Pond are ideal for both beginning and experienced paddlers. Look for crabs and snails, and learn about area history. Minimum age is 6. Cost is $23 for adults and $18 for children age 16 and under.

2017 marks the 10th year of “Yoga at the Beach,” an interdisciplinary class geared to all levels. Our long-time seashore naturalists, who are also certified yoga instructors, will help you stretch your body and spirit in the serenest of settings—Herring Cove Beach on Tuesdays, and Nauset Light Beach on Saturdays. Cost is $11 per person.

“Tidal Flats Foray,” is held on Tuesdays in Provincetown, and “Fish, Snails, and Horseshoe Crab Tales,” occurs on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Eastham. These 1 1⁄2-hour programs are perfect for families, and include a hands-on look at the diversity of life in the intertidal zone. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children age 16 and under.

“Surfcasting 101” is offered on Thursday mornings at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. You won’t take home dinner, but during this 1 1⁄2-hour lesson you’ll learn the basics of saltwater fishing and practice the skill. Minimum age is 12. Cost is $20 per person.


WHOI and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Office of Environmental Programs will host a discussion on BOEM’s mission to manage development of U.S. outer continental shelf energy and mineral resources, with a focus on using the best available scientific research to inform decisions. Presenters will include Dr. William Y. (Bill) Brown, BOEM's Chief Environmental Officer, and Dr. Jill Lewandowski, Chief of the Division of Environmental Assessment. WHOI scientists will present several relevant projects the Institution is leading in the Northeast, including the newly funded long-term ecological research (LTER) offshore observatory off the East Coast, offshore wind power investigations, and work on marine mammal monitoring and behavior. The forum is free and will be held Tuesday, July 11, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., in Redfield Auditorium, at 45 Water St., in Woods Hole.

Cape Cod National Seashore to Present Wellfleet’s Herring River: New England’s Largest Tidal Wetland Restoration Project on July 13

Join Cape Cod National Seashore’s Natural Resource Management and Science staff on Thursday, July 13 for an inside look at plans to restore Wellfleet’s Herring River. The one-hour illustrated program will be held at 7 pm at the Salt Pond Visitor Center auditorium in Eastham.

The Herring River is the largest tidal river and estuarine complex on outer Cape Cod. Prior to 1909, when the river was open to Wellfleet Harbor at Chequessett Neck, it was bordered by nearly 1,100 acres of coastal wetlands and contained a productive river herring run and shellfishery, as well as extensive salt marsh habitat. In 1909, the natural condition of the estuary was changed dramatically when a dike was built at Chequessett Neck. The purpose of the Herring River Restoration Project is to restore self-sustaining coastal habitats throughout the 1,100-acre estuary by reestablishing the tidal connection between the estuary and Cape Cod Bay.

This program is part of the annual “Salt Pond Evenings” series. Held weekly in July and August in the air-cooled comfort of the visitor center auditorium, programs focus on the diverse natural and cultural resources on the Outer Cape and are suitable for all ages. Programs are free of charge and accessible. The series is sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at 50 Nauset Road at the intersection of Route 6 in Eastham, and can be reached at 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, with staff to assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items. For more information about the seashore’s programs, visit the park website at

4th Offshore Energy Storage (OSES) Symposium - Jul 12–14

The 4th Offshore Energy Storage (OSES) Symposium, the first time in the US, will be held July 12-14, 2017 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution [WHOI] in Clark 507.  Nils Bolgen, Wind Program Director at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre [MassCEC], will be at WHOI on Wednesday, July 12, to make a presentation at OSES on "Leading Strategic Investment in Clean Energy Systems" at 3:00 p.m. There will be an introduction by WHOI President and Director, Mark Abbott, to open OSES on Tuesday.  Fifty presentations including panel discussions are scheduled (see over the three days.  The topics include offshore power generation by wind, tide, and waves; energy storage to reduce the requirements for delivery ashore while providing power as needed despite irregular environmental sourcing; and financial, policy, and assessment of the resource.

Registration will be required to attend the symposium.  To register, see the website above.  However to thank the Institution for providing this facility, there will be an IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society Chapter meeting open to the entire community for free with talks by the organizers, Rupp Carriveaux, Seamus Garvey, and Tony Santo at 5:30 p.m., in Clark 507 on Friday, July 14.

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition Tackles Water Quality Crisis

The Environmental Non-Profit Formerly known as Three Bays Preservation, Inc. Evolves into Town-Wide Organization 

Osterville, Cape Cod, Mass. – A flagship environmental non-profit founded in Osterville in 1996 has now evolved into a new town-wide organization dedicated to restoring and preserving clean water in marine estuaries, ponds, rivers, and coves throughout Barnstable.

Before a packed community Open House in Osterville on June 23, Zenas Crocker, the new executive director of Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (, unveiled the vision for morphing into a town-wide entity. “Monitoring, Education, Advocacy and Mitigation will be the four cornerstones of this rescue mission to save impaired bodies of water throughout Barnstable,” Crocker explained.

Excess nitrogen leaching from septic systems in marine embayments and freshwater ponds powered the decision to evolve, added Crocker. Other causes of water pollution include road runoff from lawn fertilizers, detergents from washing cars and doing laundry, as well as other metals and hydrocarbons.  

Another way to look at the marine crisis is that every day nitrogen equal to sixty-five 50-pound bags of fertilizer flows into the 1,251-acre Three Bays Estuary alone that encompasses North, West and Cotuit Bays. In fact, nitrogen levels far exceed critical levels established by the Massachusetts Estuaries Project (MEP.) Nitrogen also pours into Cape Cod Bay and other marine estuaries within the Town of Barnstable.

BCWC will continue to collaborate closely in its expansion on water quality sampling through UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) as well as working with other science institutions and like-minded non-profits. “The Coalition is now town-wide because the issues we face as a community can be acutely addressed by expanding our mission area to include the whole town,” Crocker clarified.

Up until recently, BCWC was Three Bays Preservation, Inc., founded in 1996 to dredge areas around a treasured barrier island and undertake conservation, science and policy initiatives in and around the watershed that encompasses West, North and Cotuit Bays. Now that BCWC is town-wide, the organization will pivot to include Barnstable’s entire 75-plus square mile area. 

“The emergence of Barnstable Clean Water Coalition marks a new era in water conservation on Cape Cod,” remarked Michael J. Egan, president of the Board of Directors. “We will explore time-honored methods of restoration and Non-Traditional Technologies (NTT’s) will also be in our restoration arsenal,” Egan added. 


Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (BCWC) works to restore and preserve clean water in the Cape Cod Town of Barnstable. For more information please visit:; phone 508-420-0780, or email

Three Bays Preservation Inc. Names New Executive Director

Friday, May 26, 2017

Media Contact:  Zenas “Zee” Crocker
Executive Director, Three Bays Preservation, Inc.

Three Bays Preservation Inc. Names New Executive Director

(Osterville, Mass.) – Zenas “Zee” Crocker assumed the helm as Executive Director at Three Bays Preservation, Inc., on April 1.  He succeeded longtime Executive Director Lindsey B. Counsell who retired following a 20-year career at the Osterville-based organization.

Three Bays uses applied science to study, research and mitigate water quality in its mission area of West, North and Cotuit Bays, as well as the rivers, streams and ponds within the 12,458-acre watershed including the 1,251-acre estuary. 

“Zee brings an incredible passion for water quality and science to this end in the Town of Barnstable,” said Michael J. Egan, president of the Board of Directors at Three Bays.

 Crocker grew up on Cape Cod and has ancestral roots in Osterville, Cotuit, and Marstons Mills. Zee graduated from Barnstable High School and earned an Honors BA from McGill University in Quebec.

 Before taking the helm at Three Bays Preservation, Inc., in April 2017, Zee spent over 30 years in the financial services industry in Boston where he specialized in Institutional Equities.

 When he’s not working passionately on clean water issues, you can find Zee on Nantucket Sound where he’s a lifelong fisherman and sailor. 

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Three Bays Preservation Inc. is dedicated to restoring and preserving clean water in the Town of Barnstable.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary seeks advisory council applicants

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for four primary and three alternate seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following seats: at-large (primary and alternate), business/industry (primary), conservation (primary), education (alternate) and youth (primary and alternate). 

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve a three-year term. 

Applications are due by May 31. To receive an application or for further information, please contact Elizabeth Stokes. You can reach her via email at; by phone at 781-546-6004; or by mail at 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. Applications can also be downloaded from the sanctuary's website at

The Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI)

What is the MSI? 

Massachusetts shellfishermen (wild and recreational harvesters, aquaculture growers), restoration advocates, concerned citizens, and public officials are invited to learn more about the Shellfish Initiative and play a key role in its development.  If you have not yet attended a meeting or taken the survey, please review the meeting presentation slides and take the online survey to provide your feedback!

The goal of the Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative is to maximize the economic, environmental, and social benefits of the Commonwealth's shellfish resources. This is the first time in recent history that all sectors, from aquaculture and wild harvest to restoration and managers, are working together collaboratively to develop state-wide holistic shellfish goals and guidelines for Mass. Interest in and development of all aspects of shellfish have been on the rise in recent years and a comprehensive statewide plan would support continued responsible growth.

Massachusetts Aquaculture AssociationCape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance, and The Nature Conservancy, with doctoral students from the University of Massachusetts Boston, are compiling feedback to guide the emerging Massachusetts Shellfish Initiative (MSI).

If you are on Martha's Vineyard, you are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the MSI.  The meeting will have a short presentation, a period for discussion, and the option to take the survey. These discussions and the survey will identify interests, concerns, and potential avenues for expanding shellfish resources and improving management. 

Martha's Vineyard, MA
Catharine Cornell Theater - May 5th from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

54 Spring Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

If you would like to get added to our contact list for future updates, would like to discuss the MSI, or have technical difficulties with the survey, click here to email Catie Tobin.

This survey has been reviewed and found exempt under UMass Boston IRB #2017066. Please contact the following Private Investigators for additional information regarding the study: Amanda Peters, School for the Environment; Sean McNally, School for the Environment.

Read more about the Mass Shellfish Initiative:

Cape Cod Chronicle Article

Cape Codder Article