New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance - NECWA
New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) is a non-profit environmental organization based in southeastern Massachusetts. NECWA is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of marine wildlife that live and feed in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine.
NECWA focuses on local issues in the New England area and collaborates with various private, government and non-government organizations to achieve its many goals. Through our research projects and educational outreach activities, we work to protect the whales, dolphins, seabirds, seals, basking sharks, ocean sunfish and the other unique coastal marine wildlife off New England.
2016 Winter/Spring Updates
Internships: NECWA offers a variety of internships throughout the year. Internships can be in the field of marine biology, graphic design, marketing and public relations, as well as fundraising and event planning. To learn more about NECWA's Internship Program, click HERE to go to the Internship page of this website.
Fundraising Events for 2016
- Spring Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion, Sunday, June 12th from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
- Painterly Glass Night, Friday, April 22th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
- Pilgrim Belle Sunset Social, Saturday, August 13th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
- Fall Seabird & Whale Tales Excursion, Sunday, September 11th from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.
- Beach Clean-Up at Scusset Beach State Reservation. Information coming soon.
All fundraising events help support NECWA's many projects and activities related to educational outreach, research, and conservation. NECWA is an all-volunteer nonprofit, so 100% of all donations goes back into the work we do on behalf of marine wildlife.
Give something different this year.
Adopt 1 of 10 animals to support Marine Wildlife. Adoptable animals include: humpback whale, finback whale, white-sided dolphin, harbor seal, grey seal, Northern gannet, sea turtle, basking shark, ocean sunfish, and great white shark. Our adoption packages are reasonably priced, fun, and educational. They make a wonderful gift for kids of all ages!
Currently, NECWA is focusing on 2 main projects:
- NEBShark - New England Basking Shark Project and Ocean Sunfish Project
A community-based sighting network where people provide sighting information on basking sharks and ocean sunfish observed from a beach or from a vessel offshore. NEBShark is compiling data on live and dead sightings and sharing the results with colleges, universities, State and Federal departments, and scientists world-wide, in an effort to learn more about the biology and ecology of these coastal pelagic fish.
- Marine Wildlife Research
NECWA oversees a variety of research projects in the New England area. NECWA staff study humpback whales, finback whales, and other baleen whales that migrate to feed in the waters off New England each season. As part of this research program, NECWA staff work with interns as they collect sighting and environmental data from commercial whale watching vessels or from shore. Inputted data is analyzed and shared with government and non-government organizations in the area and world-wide. Through their participation in this program, NECWA interns gain hands-on experience out on the water and in the laboratory in the field of marine science.