Center for Coastal Studies Seeks Fundraising Push

Respondents from the Center for Coastal Studies work to disentangle the young humpback whale. CCS image, NOAA permit #18786.

PROVINCETOWN – The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown is wrapping up its 40th anniversary and is looking to the public for support.

The organization conducts research focusing on marine mammals and their habitats in the Northern Atlantic, including entanglement response.

The center also promotes stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems and conducts educational programs.

The Marine Animal Entanglement Response Team helped free a 30-foot whale from entanglement in fishing lines outside of Boston on Monday.

Crews worked to cut the whale free from ropes which held it by the tail.

Richard Delaney, the center’s president and CEO, said the organization faces immense challenges ahead with the threats of climate change on coastal and ocean ecosystems.

In 2017, the center will collaborate with Cornell University’s Bioacustics Research Program to study the effects of underwater noise on whales and other marine animals.

The joint research effort with the University of Massachusetts-Boston will see an expansion of the school’s CAPE Lab. The collaboration brings together scientists, technicians and students to better understand and respond to climate change, sea level rise and other coastline issues.

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