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

Cleaning up Three Bays through Stormwater Management: APCC

APCC is hosting the following public meetings to kick off our restoration project to help clean up the bays:

COTUIT Library, 871 Main St -Wednesday, April 26th at 7 PM
OSTERVILLE Library, 43 Wianno Ave - Thursday, April 27th at 7 PM

The town has been actively working to improve the water quality in the Three Bays for many years through the installation of stormwater projects to remove nutrients, bacteria and other pollutants before it enters the bays. Good news! The Environmental Protection Agency Southeast New England Program for Coastal Watershed Restoration awarded APCC and the town of Barnstable $472,574 for a three year stormwater project in the Three Bays watershed. This EPA-funded project will enhance the town's capacity to continue this important work.

Join the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the Town of Barnstable, and Three Bays Preservation to learn about the impacts of stormwater pollutants on water quality in the bays, a new project getting underway to help address this problem, and how you can help.

You are invited to attend one of the two public meetings to hear more about the project and how you can be involved.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Kristin or April at APCC with any questions. (508)619-3185 or

Marjot Foundation Grants for Students Grades 9-11

The Marjot Foundation seeks applications from high school students (grades 9-11) conducting independent field and/or laboratory research projects on environmental issues.  Students must write an independent proposal detailing their research goals to be carried out over a one-year period.  Applications are due on April 1, 2017.  Students must have a mentor who will provide a letter stating he/she will help the students with their research. Students will be required to participate in a science fair at the conclusion of their research. Projects may focus on any area of environmental research, and must be designed by the student applicant. Current Marjot Foundation grants are $5000, with $1000 going to the student(s), $1000 to the mentor, $500 to the School Department, and $2500 to cover the cost of supplies.  For further information on the application process, visit the Marjot Foundation website at

NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: 2 grants available

NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Integrated Projects to Increase Aquaculture Production - Department of Commerce

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $10,000,000-$12,000,000 across fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 for a national initiative to increase aquaculture production in the short-term (2-4 years). This competition is designed to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline integrated projects that clearly address major constraints, barriers, or hurdles limiting United States aquaculture production. This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply and the criteria for applications requesting between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in total federal funding for a two to three year period. Non-federal matching funds of at least 50% are required.

Note Letters of Intent are due from Sea Grant Programs via email to by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, March 28th, 2017.

Click here for additional details including how to apply.

NOAA Sea Grant 2017 Aquaculture Initiative: Addressing Impediments to Aquaculture Opportunities

Depending on appropriations, NOAA Sea Grant expects to have available a total of $3,000,000 between fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for a national initiative focused on answering key questions impeding the development and expansion of sustainable United States marine, coastal, and Great Lakes aquaculture. Successful applications must outline small scale projects, business plans, workshops, etc. that seek to address key questions, barriers, or hurdles impeding the advancement of new or developing aquaculture initiatives that will contribute to the continuing growth of United States aquaculture production. This Federal Funding Opportunity includes information needed to apply, and the criteria for applications requesting up to $150,000 in total federal funding for a six-month to two-year period. Non-Federal matching funds of at least 50% are required.

Note applications are due from Sea Grant Programs to no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April 18th, 2017. Applications submitted after the closing dates and times will not be accepted.

Click here for additional details including how to apply.

Wetland Professional Development Workshop: ALL GRADE LEVEL TEACHERS

FOR ALL GRADE LEVEL TEACHERS: Create A Living Lab and Bring Life Science, Earth Science, Math and Engineering to Life!

  • Examine adaptations & life cycles of wetland organisms
  • Use scientific tools to analyze water quality & census vernal pool biodiversity
  • Resources provided for your own wetland creation & site selection
  • Field & classroom components






Thurs, 4/20/2017 (9 - 3:00)
Friday, 4/21/2017 (9 - 3:00) 

Workshop Location (both days):

Falmouth High School
874 Gifford St
East Falmouth, MA 02536 

Additional Field Study Location (day 1 afternoon):

Mass Audubon’s Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary
Intersection of Ashumet Rd. and Currier Rd.
East Falmouth, MA 02536 

Offered By:

Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary


Call 508-362-7475 ext 9353 or visit

LOCATION: Falmouth High School & Mass Audubon’s Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary
WORKSHOP COST: $50 per person

Climate Disruption Panel: CC Tech Council (video)

The Cape Cod Technology Council sponsored the Panel Discussion on Climate Disruption: Mitigation, Adaptation and Opportunities for Cape Cod. Panelists included Paul Kirshen with the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, Richard Delaney, the President and CEO of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, and Lauren McKean, the National Park Service Highlands Center Project Manager with the Cape Cod National Seashore.

FREE Winter Education & Film Series (and it's Blue!)

Please join Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands’ Senior Environment Corps for the 2017 Winter Education & Film Series.  These are all free events open to the public during February and March.  The February talk and film are listed below.  You are more than welcome to just walk in, but we encourage you to register with either Anita Lord (508-394-4630 x.523 / or Stefanie Paventy (508-968-5125 /  For a complete list of events please visit

“Off the Hook” featuring Alex Hay

Tuesday, February 21
1PM – 2PM
Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet, MA

Learn about aquaculture with Alex’s initiatives to protect and promulgate Cape seafood through responsible catch and harvesting.  Sustainable aquaculture and the benefits of reef restoration explained.  Post-presentation guided tour at Wellfleet Shellfish Co.

FILM: Chasing Ice

Wednesday, February 22
2PM – 4PM
Cape Cod Museum of Art – D’Allesandro Auditorium, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA

James Balog, renowned photographer, gathers evidence of our changing world.  Conceiving the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog captures physical proof that Earth’s glaciers are receding at extreme rates through time-lapse imagery.  Battling the elements and risking lives, Balog and his team are determined to provide evidence and give hope to our world.  A 45-minute guided tour of the art exhibits to follow the film and discussion.

Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) Request for Proposals for the 2018-2020 Omnibus

WHSG is pleased to announce the request for proposals for the 2018-2020 Omnibus. WHSG supports research, education, and extension projects that encourage environmental stewardship, long-term economic development, and responsible use of the nation’s coastal and ocean resources. It is part of the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a network of 33 individual programs located in each of the coastal and Great Lakes states. Sea Grant’s legislative charge is to “increase the understanding, assessment, development, utilization, and conservation of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources by providing assistance to promote a strong educational base, responsive research and training activities, and broad and prompt dissemination of knowledge and techniques.” During the current 2016-2018 funding cycle, WHSG is supporting 12 concurrent research projects. It is anticipated that approximately $500,000 per year will be available to support research projects during the 2018-2020 funding cycle.  Sea Grant proposals require a match of $1 of non-federal funds for every $2 of federal funds requested. In keeping with the strategic plans of the NSGCP and Woods Hole Sea Grant, the theme areas for 2018-2020 are Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Resilient Communities and Economies, and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. 

Individuals interested in the WHSG omnibus are encouraged to attend an open meeting discussing the process on February 9, at 2:00 p.m., in Redfield Auditorium. For further information, including a calendar of important dates, submission requirements, and a list of current projects, please visit our website at  Questions may be directed to Judy McDowell, director, at or ext. 2557.

Senior Environment Corps Winter Education & Film Series Continues

The Senior Environment Corps, administered by Elder Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, has organized a series of educational talks and films running from January through March, all free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. To register leave your name at 508-394-4630 x522 or contact Anita Lord at 508-394-4630 x523;

The series kicked off on January 17 with a talk and presentation addressing federal barriers and state inroads to increased reliance on renewable energy, plus Cape Cod's progress toward a sustainable energy future. Click the link to view The Gift that Keeps on Giving.

The upcoming Senior Environment Corps events are presented below: 

Tuesday, February 21, 1-2 PM, Talk: "Off the Hook"

Initiatives to protect and promulgate Cape seafood through responsible catch and harvesting. Sustainable aquaculture and the benefits of reef restoration explained. By Alex Hay, Owner/Operator, Mac's Seafood and Restaurants, Wellfleet Shellfish Company; and Board of Directors, Wellfleet Seafood Promotion and Tasting (SPAT.) At Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet. Post-presentation guided tour of Wellfleet Shellfish Co.

Wednesday, February 22, 2-3:30 PM, Film: "Chasing Ice"

James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey chronicling the direct effects of global warming capture the calving of 1.8 cubic miles of ice off a massive glacier in Greenland. At Cape Cod Museum of Art, D'Allesandro Auditorium, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2-3:45 PM, Film: "Sharkwater" 

Biologist Rob Stewart travels to the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica feeding sharks underwater to demonstrate their fundamentally nonviolent nature. With 90 percent of the shark population destroyed by indiscriminate hunting, Stewart joins forces with conservationist Paul Watson to fight poachers who illegally kill the animals for their fins selling the meat to the Taiwanese Mafia. At Cape Cod Museum of Art, D'Allesandro Auditorium, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA.  

Wednesday, March 22, 1-2:30 PM, Talk: "State of the Union"

2016 horseshoe crab spawning survey results. Population concerns and the outlook for preservation of the species. By Derek Perry, Invertebrate Fisheries Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. At Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water St., Woods Hole, MA. *Post-presentation guided tour, WHOI.

Wednesday, March 29, 1-2:30 PM, Talk: "Do the Right Thing"

Protecting right whales from ship strikes, entanglements, and sonar noise in highly-trafficked Eastern Seaboard. Update on beaching and possible causes. By Charles (Stormy) Mayo, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Director, Right Whale Habitat Studies, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. At Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitors Center, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham, MA. Post-presentation guided tour, "Discover Nauset Marsh." 

Thank to the Cape & Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative for the info

Summer fisheries intern: Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman's Alliance

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, is seeking a summer intern to assist with halibut research and other fisheries projects beginning mid-May through late August, 2017. The Fishermen's Alliance is the leading voice for commercial fishermen on Cape Cod, working with more than 120 independent fishing businesses, 300 local fishing families, and 1200 concerned community members. We partner with these fishermen on policy campaigns, scientific research, economic development, and community outreach to build lasting solutions to fisheries problems. Learn more at  The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.


The fisheries intern will work closely with Fishermen's Alliance staff, TNC's MA marine director, collaborating commercial fishermen, and partnering scientists on the first year of the research project "Investigating the stock structure and life history of Atlantic halibut, a Species of Concern off New England". This work will include managing all aspects of a biological fisheries sampling program with collaborating Cape Cod fishermen, including measuring and weighing fish and their parts, preserving samples, and keeping meticulous records.  In addition, the intern will participate in occasional at sea research, conduct background research, create project outreach materials, and assist with federal fisheries policy work.  The intern will work with federal agency scientists in Woods Hole on histology and life history; state scientists in Gloucester on ageing; and university collaborators from Massachusetts, Alaska, and Canada on satellite tagging and stock structure investigations.  A motivated intern could design an independent study suitable for presentation at a regional fisheries conference.


The Fishermen's Alliance and The Nature Conservancy develop pioneering community-based fisheries management solutions and innovative data collection approaches, including electronic monitoring and permit banking.  The intern will assist as needed; organizing meetings, building active fleet involvement, communicating with the public, and drafting documents. The intern will visit fishing docks, attend meetings, and provide updates to the fleet as necessary.  The intern will assist on other Fishermen's Alliance projects as applicable, including community outreach and fundraising events.


  • Completed 2 years of a Bachelor's degree program in biology, environmental science or related field.
  • Experience conducting field research, handling samples and carefully managing data.
  • Interest in fishing and fisheries research.
  • Effectively communicates verbally and in writing with a diversity of people. Multicultural experience a plus.
  • Demonstrates ability to meet deadlines while working independently.  Dependable and accountable for results.

This internship is full time (35 hrs/wk) and will run for at least ten weeks between early May and late August.

The stipend is $4,000 and applicants must have own transportation.  Primary location: Chatham, MA

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Review will begin 2/20/17

The Fishermen's Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer

2017 Summer Internships at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod

The Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Internship program. APCC is a 501(c)(3) environmental organization founded in 1968 to promote policies and programs that foster preservation of Cape Cod’s natural resources. APCC focuses on protection of groundwater, surface water, and wetlands; preservation of open space; promotion of responsible, planned growth; and the achievement of an environmental ethic. 

APCC is committed to training the environmental leaders of tomorrow. Our internship program is designed to provide interns with challenging environmental projects that yield meaningful results. All intern projects support our mission to protect and restore the natural environment of Cape Cod and to promote environmental stewardship.  

APCC is seeking applicants for two summer internship positions, the Whitlock Internship and the Geist Internship. Interns are paid salaries but are not provided with benefits.

To learn more about these paid internships, visit .

Jo Ann Muramoto, Ph.D.
Director of Science Programs
Association to Preserve Cape Cod
482 Main Street, Dennis, MA 02638
Tel:  (508) 619-3185

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Boston Harbor & Islands Science Symposium

The Boston Harbor Habitat Coalition, along with the National Parks of Boston, is pleased to announce the Boston Harbor & Islands Science Symposium to be held on April 11-12. The first day will feature field trips as well as an evening Science Cafe hosted by UMass Boston. The second day, to be held at Northeastern University's main campus in Boston, will feature panels, keynotes, lightning talks, posters, and concurrent presentations focused on "what we study" and "how we study" the Boston Harbor estuary and islands.

The Call for Presenters is now live, and responses are requested by January 20th. Please post and/or share the attached flyer anywhere possible presenters may be. For more information, please visit the event website.

The event planning committee includes Marc Albert (National Parks of Boston), Carole McCauley (Northeastern University), Lara Kappler (Boston Harbor Now), Robyn Hannigan (UMass Boston), Lisa Engler (MA Office of Coastal Zone Management), Heather Deschenes (New England Aquarium), Pam DiBona (MassBays), Phil Colarusso (EPA).

The SEMCO (Southeastern Massachusetts Coastal Outreach) mailing list provides an electronic means of enhancing the communication of coastal outreach organizations in southeastern Massachusetts. Questions, concerns, or general comments about this listserve should be directed to WHOI Sea Grant at or (508) 289-2398.

Kayak Coordinator Position-Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Do you enjoy spending time outside? Do you love to kayak? Do you enjoy meeting new people and sharing your passion for the outdoors? If you answered yes to these questions we've got the job for you! Check out the position below:

Seasonal Naturalist: Kayak Program Coordinator
Location: South Wellfleet, MA
Sanctuary: Wellfleet Bay

We are seeking an experienced kayaker, birder, and enthusiastic environmental educator to join our staff as our Seasonal Kayak Program Coordinator. Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1,100-acre coastal sanctuary on Cape Cod. This position will focus primarily on leading informative natural history kayak trips, maintaining kayak program equipment, and scheduling kayak tour sweeps. Additionally, the Kayak Program Coordinator will lead other natural history programs for both families and adults including, but not limited to, tidal exploration programs and bird walks.


  • Strong kayaking skills and experience leading public kayak tours; experience in coastal waterways preferred
  • Successful candidates must have a strong background in field identification of birds; and knowledge of basic principles of ecology and natural history;
  • Knowledge of marine biology and coastal ecosystems is preferred;
  • American Red Cross certification in basic first aid, CPR, and small craft safety is preferred (or willingness to obtain);
  • Must have a valid driver's license;
  • Experience driving and backing a trailer is preferred;
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver's).

Compensation and Benefits

Rate of pay $14.00/hr, 30-35 hours/week. Shared housing may be available at $35 per week.

Additional Comments

Period of employment is May 29–October 7, 2017, with potential opportunity to begin earlier in May as an Environmental Educator leading school groups, if qualified and interested.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to:

Christine Bates- Public Program Coordinator

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

Summer 2017 Internship Opportunity - Center for Coastal Studies

The Center for Coastal Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting 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.  CCS has been conducting research and marine and coastal educational programs on Cape Cod for over 40 years.

Education Responsibilities-Intern will assist with environmental education programs, including on-site programs, off-site programs, and festivals, including CCS’s signature summer week of events: Whale Week:  A Celebration of the Sea.  Interns will assist in staffing the Center’s marine discovery center; designing and delivering presentations, answering questions about CCS, marine mammals and ocean conservation issues, and other general duties. 

Interns must have their own transportation, and housing is not provided. A small stipend is provided. 


  • The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from an accredited college or university.  High school students may also be considered.
  • Preference will be given to students or recent graduates working towards environmental studies, education, marine science, biology or other related fields.
  • Intern should demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intern should be a self-starter able to take responsibility for completing projects.
  • Students that are adaptable, responsible, hard working, willing to learn, and have attention to detail are encouraged to apply.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be comfortable working with all ages, including young children.
  • Must be comfortable working outside in all conditions.
  • Must be comfortable working with and handling marine species.
  • Interns must be able to commit to at least two-three months; preferred start date-end date beginning June to mid August, but dates are flexible based on school schedules.
  • Interns must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • Schedule is flexible but intern may have to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Preference will be given to students with secured housing on Cape Cod.

To Apply- Send your resume, cover letter, and one letter of reference to Stephanie Richardson at or 5 Holway Ave, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02567. Applications must be received by March 17, 2017.


Stephanie Richardson
Human Resource Manager
Center for Coastal Studies
115 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

t. (508) 487-3622 Ext. 113
f. (508) 487-4495

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” 

-Rachel Carson

Sea Turtle Film Premiere on January at Cape Cinema to benefit Wellfleet Bay - January 14, 2017

Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, in partnership with Cape Cinema of Dennis, are thrilled to present the world premiere of Cold Stunned: Sea Turtles on the Brink, a Film by Interchange Media, narrated by Dr. Sylvia Earle, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 4 PM.
A film about heroism and the circle of life, this feature-length documentary film highlights the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of more than 1,200 critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles stranded on the beaches of Cape Cod Bay in 2014.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from Wellfleet Bay, the New England Aquarium, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. After the screening and panel discussion, there will be a special reception with the filmmakers.

General Admission Tickets:  $15 (includes film premiere and panel discussion, does not include reception)
Purchase online:
Film & Meet the Filmmakers Reception:  $100 (ticket price includes film premiere, panel discussion, and reception, $55 is tax deductible)
6 – 8 PM at Cape Cod Museum of Art
Space is Limited!
Please contact Amy Doering Smith at 508.694.3620 or to purchase these tickets!
Doors will open at 3 PM. Film begins at 4 PM.
Sponsored by Cape Air and Performance Pediatrics.
All proceeds benefit Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. 
Amy Doering Smith, Special Events Coordinator
Direct: 508.694.3620
Cell: 207.210.8005
Regular office hours: Mon/Weds/Thurs 9 AM – 5 PM
Mass Audubon/Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
291 State Highway / P.O. Box 236
South Wellfleet, MA  02663

Sandwich, Bourne Awarded Community Compact Grant for Wastewater Management

December 21, 2016 C
CONTACT: Matt Liber, 617-722-2396

Sandwich, Bourne Awarded Community Compact Grant for Wastewater Management 

BOSTON - Santa delivered a present to the 5th Barnstable District a little early this year. Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded Bourne and Sandwich a grant of $135,000 for regional wastewater management with Joint Base Cape Cod. Falmouth and Mashpee were also recipients of this grant.

This environmental appropriation was provided by the Community Compact Cabinet, a group formed by the governor's administration that partners with Massachusetts' cities and towns to improve state-local partnerships, advance municipal interests, and promote best practices. Cities and towns that sign a Community Compact with the administration are eligible for grants. Three of the four municipalities in the 5th Barnstable Districts have already joined the Community Compact: Barnstable, Plymouth, and Sandwich. Bourne's application to join the Compact is pending.

The Baker-Polito Administration's press release is below.

For Immediate Release - December 15, 2016
Baker-Polito Administration Awards over $1 Million in Community Compact Grants
First Round of Grants will aid over 70 municipalities focused on efficiency & regionalization

BOSTON- Today the Baker-Polito Administration awarded more than $1 million in grants from the Community Compact Cabinet, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, focused on efficiency and regionalization efforts in 72 municipalities and 10 school districts. 

"Lieutenant Governor Polito and I formed the Community Compact Cabinet shortly after coming into office as a way for the state to serve as a more reliable partner for our cities and towns," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We are proud to announce several grants today that will help cities, towns, and school districts from across the Commonwealth share services and find efficiencies." 

"The Community Compact Program is an important tool for the state to play a key role in helping local municipalities help themselves," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "These regionalization and efficiency grants and previous Community Compact Grant programs focused on best practices and IT initiatives are all aimed at helping municipalities spur future success. The interest in this program and the high quality of applications shows that municipalities are focused on ways to deliver services to taxpayers in a more efficient manner, including regionalization and sharing services. I want to congratulate today's recipients from across the state and encourage others to consider submitting an application for our second round of grants next month."

"The Baker-Polito Administration has made supporting the Commonwealth's communities a top priority, including increased investments in local aid, passage of the Municipal Modernization Act, and the creation of the Community Compact program,"

said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of Administration and Finance. "We will continue to work with local governments to ensure they have the resources and tools to provide important municipal services."

"As a former selectman, I see the Commonwealth's cities and towns as vital to the people of Massachusetts," said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "These grants will help our communities fund key needs and save money. I thank Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito for their leadership with the Community Compact Program."

"This is a great new program," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. "Increasing efficiencies in all levels of government must remain one of our top priorities."

The Community Compact Cabinet's Efficiency & Regionalization grant program is a new program for Fiscal Year 2017 and provides financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. The grants will provide funds for one-time or transition costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments interested in such projects.

The first round of applications in 2016 was highly competitive, opening October 15th and closing on November 15th. The next round of applications will be open from January 1st until February 1st, 2017.

Today's announcement comes one year after the Administration was joined by over one hundred municipal officials to introduce municipal modernization legislation. The Governor later signed the bill, An Act modernizing municipal finance and government (H. 4565), into law improving critical components of the partnership between state and municipal governments by eliminating or updating obsolete laws, promoting local independence, streamlining state oversight and providing municipalities with greater flexibility.

Grant Recipients
Regionalization and Shared Services

  • Regional Animal Shelter / Animal Control (North Adams, Adams, Williamstown) - $200,000
  • Establish a SPED Collaborative for Northern Berkshire County Districts (North Adams Public Schools, Northern Berkshire School Union, Adams Cheshire Regional School District, Williamstown Public Schools, Lanesboro Public Schools, Mount Greylock Regional School District, Northern Berkshire Regional VocTech) - $148,099
  • Regional Dispatch (Gardner and Athol) - $103,279
  • MAPC Public Health Collaborative (Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop) - $50,150
  • Regionalize Fire and EMS (Winchendon and Templeton) - $50,000
  • MVPC Housing Production Plans (Amesbury, Andover, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Newbury, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury) - $50,000
  • Shared Conservation Agent (Easthampton and Southampton) - $48,300
  • Establish the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control District (Deerfield, Greenfield, East Longmeadow Montague, Palmer, South Hadley, Southampton) - $35,310
  • Shared Planning Services (Millville and Uxbridge) - $30,000
  • Shared Highway Services (Phillipston and Royalston) - $12,500
  • Regional Dispatch (Dunstable and Groton) - $9,990

Municipal and School Efficiencies

  • Chicopee City/Schools HR and Facilities Management Integration - $60,000
  • Explore Hull Joining South Shore Regional VocTech - $22,700


  • Regional Wastewater Management with Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) (Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, Sandwich) - $135,000
  • FRCOG Planning for Climate Resilient Communities in the Deerfield River Watershed (Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe, Shelburne) - $131,280
  • PVPC Regional Approach to Wastewater and Stormwater Management for Connecticut River Communities (Agawam, Chicopee, Granby, Hadley, Ludlow, Northampton, Southwick, Springfield, West Springfield) - $111,550
  • MAPC Regional Approach to Stormwater Management (Acton, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Sudbury) - $50,000

About the Community Compact Cabinet:

Formed in January 2015, the Community Compact Cabinet is chaired by Lt. Governor Polito and comprised of the secretaries of Housing & Economic Development, Education, Transportation, and Energy & Environmental Affairs, the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Local Services, the Assistant Secretary of Operational Services, and the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth. The Community Compact Cabinet elevates the Administration's partnerships with cities and towns, and allows the Governor's Office to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. The Cabinet champions municipal interests across all executive secretariats and agencies, and develops, in consultation with cities and towns, mutual standards and best practices for both the state and municipalities.  The creation of Community Compacts creates clear standards, expectations and accountability for both partners.

Applications Available for the Shellfishermen Relief Fund

(Wellfleet, Mass....November 30, 2016)  Wellfleet SPAT (Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc.), the nonprofit that produces the annual Wellfleet OysterFest will distribute $15,000 in relief funds to Wellfleet's shellfishing community. The fund began at this year's OysterFest in response to the closure of Wellfleet Harbor due to a norovirus outbreak. Around $5,500 was donated at the event by the public and SPAT contributed the remainder. 
The Shellfishermen Relief Fund is now available to all Wellfleet commercial shellfishermen for payments of essential expenses which include utilities, rent/mortgage payments, insurance and medical expenses, loan payments and other expenses which can break an already-stretched budget. This financial assistance is short-term in nature and designed to help support Wellfleet shellfishermen during this crisis. SPAT's charge is to distribute all of these funds to benefit the Wellfleet shellfishing community at large before the end of the year.
Shellfishermen interested in applying for relief can download a printable application by clicking here. Completed applications and supplemental information must be emailed or delivered to SPAT by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016.  As with all relief funds, documentation of loss of income or of other direct expense items that the funds will be used for will need to be shown in order for SPAT to be IRS compliant. SPAT is able to help anyone who needs assistance with the application. Funds will be distributed  before the Christmas holiday.

For additional information or questions please call 508.349.3499 or email
Due to the outbreak, a recall of Wellfleet oysters and clams was extended back to September 26. The closure was lifted on November 14. Local shellfishermen were without income for 32 days. We have heard that more people are interested in donating to this fund and contributions are still welcome. Click here if you would like to make a donation. Please write Shellfishermen Relief Fund in the memo area. 

Wellfleet SPAT is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

The Last Bay Scallop? - Film

"The Last Bay Scallop?", by Nantucket filmmaker John Stanton, premiered this spring. It was in six film festivals, including Boston, and screened 25 times on Nantucket and on the mainland to encourage discussions environmental problems in the harbor and their connection to local commercial fishing. It's a moving story of a very traditional Blue Economy industry, and the challenges of a changing environment.

Can the last commercial bay scallop fishery on the east coast be saved, or will the economics and culture that flow from it become history? Bay scallops ones thrived in small harbors from Cape Cod Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Today they are commercially extinct, except for two harbors off Nantucket, Massachusetts. The culprit is declining water quality, which kills the eelgrass scallops need to survive.