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MassBays Reports and Publications

MassBays produces and shares resources that provide information about our estuaries.

MassBays produces materials that will help inform and support research, monitoring, and on the ground work for researchers, managers and communities. MassBays publishes a quarterly eNewsletter that highlights activities in the MassBays planning area. 

Below is a list of materials produced by MassBays.

  • e-Newsletters
  • Annual Work Plan
  • Annual Reports
  • State of the Bays Reports
  • Selected Publications
  • Fact Sheets 


MassBays produces two newsletters:

The MassBays quarterly e-newsletter includes updates on programming and activities across the Bays.

The Monitoring Coordinators' Network e-newsletter provides resources to those developing and managing community-based monitoring programs.

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Annual Work Plan

Annual Reports

State of the Bays Reports

Selected publications

This list includes publications of work conducted or funded by MassBays. 

A Review of Habitat Impacts from Residential Docks and Recommended Best Management Practices with an Emphasis on the Northeastern United StatesEstuaries and Coasts (2021)https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-021-01006-0

Factors Influencing Carbon Stocks and Accumulation Rates in Eelgrass Meadows Across New England, USA Estuaries and Coasts (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-020-00754-9

A Rapid Assessment Protocol for Eelgrass Monitoring in Estuarine Embayments. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, MassBays National Estuary Program, and North and South Rivers Watershed Association, 2018.

TIDEGateway Final Report, December 2017. Geosyntec Consultants April 2016; Revised by MassBays National Estuary Program December 2017. 

Historic eelgrass trends in Salem Sound, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, 2017.

Eelgrass loss over time in Duxbury, Kingston, and Plymouth Bays, Massachusetts Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. 2016.

Coastal Stormwater Management Through Green Infrastructure: A Handbook for Municipalities  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2014.

Report on the 2013 Rapid Assessment Survey of Marine Species at New England Bays and Harbors. Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. 2013.

Conservation Moorings Study. Urban Harbors Institute. 2013.

100 Years of Estuarine Marsh Trends in Massachusetts (1893-1995). Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. 2006.

Volunteers' Handbook for Monitoring New England Salt Marshes. Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. 2002.

Selected presentations

Field Work From Your Desk: Water Quality Assessment Using an Autonomous Vehicle. 2019. Presented at the National Estuary Program Technical Transfer Meeting, Dewey Beach DE.

The National Estuary Program translates your research into action. 2019. Poster presented at Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium, Portland ME.

Applying the Biological Condition Gradient Approach in MassBays. 2019. Presented at the National Water Quality Monitoring Council Conference, Denver CO.

Start making sense! Applying diverse data to track estuarine conditions and trends. 2017. Poster presented at CERF2017, the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 24th Biennial Conference, Providence RI.

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