New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance - NECWA

New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance is a non-profit environmental organization based in southeastern Massachusetts. NECWA staff are volunteers that dedicate their efforts 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 other unique coastal marine wildlife off New England.

2015 Fall Update

Openings available for our fall Marine Wildlife Internship Program. To learn more, click on the Internship link in the left menu bar.

2015 Beach Clean-up at Scusset Beach is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th from 10 am to 12 pm. To learn more and to register for this free event, go to NECWA Fall Beach Clean-up.

Adopt me

Give something different this year.
Adopt a whale, dolphin, seal, seabird, sea turtle, basking shark, great white, or ocean sunfish. Our adoption packages make a wonderful and unique gift for kids of all ages.

NECWA also has a number of fundraising events that help support the work that it does in the New England community.

These events include:A Greater Shearwater resting on the water's surface. Photo courtesy of NECWA.

Click on the links above to learn more about these fun and educational fundraising events. All fundraising events help support NECWA's many projects and activities related to educational outreach, research, and conservation.

Currently, NECWA is focusing on 2 main projects:

  • NEBShark - New England Basking Shark Project
    A humpback whale calf breaching. Photo courtesy of NECWA.A community-based marine sighting network where citizen scientists, called Coastal Wildlife Observers, provide sighting information on basking sharks and ocean sunfish observed from a beach or from a vessel offshore.
    NEBShark is compiling data collected by Coastal Wildlife Observers as well as local organizations to learn more about the biology and ecology of these coastal pelagic fish.
  • Project Marine Wildlife Research
    NECWA oversees a variety of research projects in the New England area. NECWA staff study humpback whales and other baleen whales that migrate to feed off New England each season. We also study the biology and movements of basking sharks and ocean sunfish that can also be found in the waters off Cape Cod. As part of our research program, NECWA staff work with interns who can be high school and college students as well as professionals within the New England community. Interns gain hands-on experience in data management and analysis that will prepare them for future careers in the field of marine sciences.

NECWA's research program is a collaboration with many government and non-government organizations including Bridgewater State University - BSU and Plymouth Whale Watching.

Keep updated on NECWA activities and programs in your area by reading our NECWA News blog - NECWA News

Below are some of the pictures of marine wildlife that can be encountered during our Seabird & Whale Tales excursions.

A pod of pilot whales near the boat. Photo courtesy of NECWA. A pod of lags. Photo courtesy of NECWA. A feeding basking shark. Photo by Matt Dube.


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