• This page provides links to additional information on coastal and ocean topics, organized into the following categories: 

    State and Regional Government

    Federal Government Agencies

    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - The federal agency responsible for products and services related to climate, weather, oceans, and coasts.
    • National Ocean Service (NOS) - The NOAA office responsible for the science, tools, and services needed for healthy coasts, oceans, and economies—including activities related to navigation, tides, and currents.
    • Office for Coastal Management - This NOAA office was created in 2014 by the merger of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and the Coastal Services Center. Its top priority is to unify efforts to make communities more resilient and its major programs include the National Coastal Zone Management Program, Digital Coast, National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and Coral Reef Conservation Program.
    • Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) - An office of NOAA NOS responsible for collecting and distributing oceanographic observations and predictions, including tides, currents, and meteorological information.
    • National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) - The NOAA office responsible for the management, conservation, and protection of living marine resources, such as fish and marine mammals, within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (between 3 and 200 miles offshore).
    • Office of Protected Resources (OPR) - An office of the NOAA Fisheries Service with responsibility for protecting marine mammals and endangered marine life.
    • Office of Science and Technology (OST) - An office of the NOAA Fisheries Service that advocates for and ensures the sound scientific basis for Fisheries Service science programs and resource conservation and management decisions, and includes information on fisheries statistics, observer program, and marine mammals.
    • Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) - The regional research branch of NOAA Fisheries responsible for conducting ecosystem-based research and assessments of living marine resources, promoting their recovery and long-term sustainability, and generating social and economic opportunities from their use.
    • NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region - The regional office of NOAA Fisheries responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing programs for fishery management, resource allocations, and habitat and protected species conservation from Maine to North Carolina.
    • New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) - One of the eight regional fishery councils created pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to manage the living marine resources by addressing foreign fishing, the development of a domestic fleet, and the link between the fishing community and the management process.
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - The federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment through the development and enforcement of regulations, administration of grants, science and technology research, teaching, and publications.
    • EPA Region 1: New England - The regional EPA office responsible for the execution of EPA’s programs within the New England states and 10 Tribal Nations.
    • Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW) - A division of EPA’s Office of Water that protects the nation’s marine and freshwater ecosystems by monitoring ocean dumping, managing dredged materials, reducing marine debris, controlling polluted runoff, and restoring impaired waters and wetlands.
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) - The federal agency responsible for providing public engineering services to strengthen the nation’s security and safety, including building and maintaining infrastructure to reduce storm damage, researching and developing technology, dredging waterways to move commodities, and providing recreation opportunities.
    • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) - A national science organization that collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific information, data, maps, and other tools about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems, including the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and natural hazards.

    International Government

    • Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment - A partnership of government and non-government organizations from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts that work to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the Gulf of Maine.
    • Environment Canada - The government body of Canada that is responsible for protecting the environment and conserving the country's natural heritage through credible science, regulations, legislation, and partnerships.
    • New Brunswick - The official website of New Brunswick, the largest Canadian maritime province situated next to the state of Maine.
    • Nova Scotia - The official website of Nova Scotia, the Canadian maritime province with a mainland peninsula and several islands, estuaries, and bays.

    General Marine and Ocean Connections

    • Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program - One of two National Estuary Programs (NEPs) administered by CZM that are funded by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the Buzzards Bay NEP provides funding and technical assistance to municipalities and citizens for the protection and restoration of water quality and living resources in Buzzards Bay and its watershed.
    • Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program - A second NEP administered by CZM and a partnership of citizens, communities, and government that protects and enhances the coastal health and heritage of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays.
    • Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) - A nonprofit environmental organization focused on promoting laws, policies, and programs that protect and enhance Cape Cod’s natural resources and quality of life.
    • Eight Towns and the Great Marsh - A committee of municipally appointed citizens dedicated to the protection of coastal waters and associated watersheds on the upper North Shore of Massachusetts Bay.
    • Great Marsh Coalition - A group of organizations and agencies that help support a coordinated approach to education, research, protection, and management of the Great Marsh (extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire) to promote its preservation and restoration.
    • Mass Audubon - A state-wide organization that manages conservation land and a network of wildlife sanctuaries (including coastal sanctuaries); provides school, camp, and other educational programs; and advocates for environmental policies at local, state, and federal levels.
    • Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) - An organization of the marine industry that aims to further the interests of the marine trades and the boating public through the promotion of boating, participation in legislation, and professional improvement programs.
    • National Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Center - A joint NOAA NOS and U.S. Department of Interior website that provides information about MPAs to promote collaboration among participating agencies, the protection of existing MPAs, and the establishment of new ones.
    • North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) - A regional nonprofit organization focused on preserving, restoring, maintaining, and conserving the waters and related natural resources within the North and South Rivers watershed; NSRWA also serves as the South Shore regional representative of the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program.
    • Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) - A regional nonprofit organization that leads and coordinates the development, implementation, operation, and evaluation of a sustained, regional coastal ocean observing system for the northeast United States and Canadian Maritime provinces.
    • Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) - A state and federal partnership whose mission is to provide a voluntary forum for New England states and federal partners to coordinate and collaborate on regional approaches to support balanced uses and conservation of the Northeast region’s ocean and coastal resources.
    • Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) - A partnership organization established under the National Ocean Policy to develop an ocean plan for New England waters with representatives from the six New England states, 10 federally recognized tribes, 10 federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council.
    • PIE-Rivers - The Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership is a collection of agencies, municipalities, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations that works to protect and restore the function and valuable natural resources in the coastal watersheds on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
    • SeaPlan - An independent, Boston-based, nonprofit ocean science and policy group that is working toward vibrant economies sustained by healthy oceans through advancing science-based, stakeholder-informed ocean management.
    • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies - A private, nonprofit organization for research, conservation, and education in the coastal and marine environments.
    • Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) - A regional nonprofit organization focused on protecting and improving the environmental quality of Salem Sound and its watershed.
    • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary - The NOAA National Marine Sanctuary that sits at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay and is noted for its productive fishing grounds, essential habitat for marine mammals, and whale watching.
    • The Trustees of Reservations - A state-wide organization responsible for preserving properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts (including many coastal sites) for public use, enjoyment, and education.
    • Urban Harbors Institute - A University of Massachusetts Boston institute that offers technical assistance and advisory services in fields such as urban planning, coastal and harbor planning, natural resource management, and water transportation.
    • US Harbors: Massachusetts - A mariner’s website that provides tide charts, nautical charts, onshore and marine forecasts, listings of marine services and businesses, and navigational information for the harbors and marine areas along the coast of Massachusetts.


    • Marine Biological Laboratory - An international center for research, education, and training in biology, biomedicine, and ecology that includes the Ecosystem Center, which provides research on salt marshes and other estuarine ecosystems.
    • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) - The world's largest private, nonprofit oceanographic research institution for the study and exploration of the ocean.
    • Marine Policy Center (MPC) - A WHOI-based center that conducts social scientific research integrating economics, policy, and law with the ocean sciences.
    • Woods Hole Sea Grant - A National Sea Grant College Program within WHOI that supports research, education, and extension projects to encourage responsible use and protection of coastal and ocean resources.
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sea Grant - A Sea Grant Program within MIT that employs education, outreach, and research to promote understanding and conservation of marine resources, including underwater studies via the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Lab.
    • MIT Sea Grant Coastal Resources - The division of the MIT Sea Grant Program dedicated to coastal issues, including research, monitoring programs, and management actions in the areas of marine bioinvasive species, water and sediment quality, and habitats.
    • Northeastern University Marine Science Center - The marine research and educational facility of Northeastern University, which is located in Nahant, Massachusetts.
    • Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center - One of five Regional Aquaculture Centers established by the U.S. Congress to develop and sponsor cooperative regional research and extension projects in support of the aquaculture industry.
    • Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - A National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) located on Waquoit Bay, Cape Cod, that provides education to students, teachers, coastal decision-makers, and community members, and improves the stewardship of the region’s estuaries and coastal watersheds.
    • Gulf of Maine Research Institute - A nonprofit marine science center located in Portland, Maine, that works to strengthen healthy ecosystems, sustainable industries, and vibrant communities in the Gulf of Maine region.
    • National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) - A research entity that provides economic and socioeconomic information on changes and trends along the U.S. coast and in coastal waters, including natural resources data, market and non-market value data, and federal marine expenditures data.


    • Massachusetts Coastal and Ocean Education Guide for K-12 Teachers - A CZM web page that highlights coastal and ocean educational resources, including curricula/educational programs, in-class and field programs, teacher professional development resources, publications, and more.
    • Bridge: Ocean Sciences Teacher Resource Center - An educational resources website that offers information to educators on global, national, and regional marine science topics and provides researchers with a contact point for educational outreach.
    • EPA's Learning and Teaching about the Environment - The EPA website for environmental education resources for both students and teachers that are produced by or in cooperation with EPA, including environmental education curricula, speakers, videos, grant opportunities, and directories.
    • Ocean Literacy - A website supporting and promoting worldwide ocean literacy, including news, resources, and information for scientists, educators, and policy makers.
    • Schooner Ernestina - An informational website about the schooner Ernestina—the ship that played a role in the lives of fishermen, Arctic explorers, WW II surveyors, Cape Verdean Immigrants, and students since 1894.
    • University of Massachusetts Boston's School for the Environment - An interdisciplinary environmental department that integrates the natural and social sciences to understand the status of the environment and the sustainable use of its resources.

    Libraries and Research Portals

    • EurekAlert Marine Science Portal - A website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that offers press releases, a multimedia gallery, resources, and a calendar of events related to marine science issues.
    • Library of Congress - The nation's oldest federal cultural institution serving as the research arm of Congress and the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts in its collections.
    • MBLWHOI Library - A joint Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and WHOI library offering print and electronic literature collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences.
    • NOAA News Archives - A NOAA website offering links to current and past news articles related to NOAA, fisheries regulations, climate predictions, and more.
    • NOAA Photo Library - A website offering a collection of photographs taken by NOAA scientists and observers that includes images of weather and space, shores and coastal seas, marine species, and many other scenes ranging from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
    • Science.gov: Your Gateway to U.S. Federal Science - A federal website that searches over 55 databases and 2,100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of the nation’s government science information.
    • State Library of Massachusetts - The state library that supports the research and information needs of Massachusetts government, libraries, and people through services and access to a comprehensive repository of state documents and other historical items.

    Water Quality

    • EPA's Surf Your Watershed - An EPA site that provides the location of watersheds with water quality monitoring data, environmental websites involving the watershed, and a listing of organizations involved with water quality and restoration projects.
    • Massachusetts Marine Beach Water Quality - A Massachusetts Department of Public Health website that includes an inventory of coastal bathing beaches with water quality monitoring results.
    • Municipal MS4 Permit and Stormwater Management - A Buzzards Bay NEP web page that explains the process and requirements for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) general permit, and includes links to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and EPA resources.
    • New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission - A not-for-profit interstate agency that uses a variety of strategies to meet the water-related needs of its member states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
    • USGS - New England Water Science Center: Massachusetts Office - A USGS water resources office that collects, analyzes, and disseminates scientific information on rivers and streams, groundwater, water quality, and biology in Massachusetts.
    • USGS - Hydrologic Data and Information for Massachusetts - A web page of the USGS New England Water Science Center that provides data for surface water, groundwater, and water quality, as well as information about water-monitoring sites around Massachusetts.

    Weather, Tides, and Sea Conditions

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