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Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation

Our mission is to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action.  We were founded officially in 2001, but have been doing whale research since the late 1990's.

Our vision is of thriving marine life in the Gulf of Maine with citizens committed to environmental stewardship.

Our primary programs include: studying local whale species, conducting marine debris research and cleanup through documenting and removing thousands of pounds of litter from our beaches each year, providing volunteer opportunities through our volunteer and internship programs, and educating thousands each year through our hands-on educational programs which include beach cleanups, school programs, whale watches, and our Blue Ocean Discovery Center in Hampton Beach.

  • Each year, we conduct education and research aboard whale watch trips in Rye,  NH. During these trips, we educate thousands of passengers and document hundreds of individual whales. This work allows us to monitor population health, habitat usage, and risks including entanglement and ship strikes. This year, we’ve been working on transitioning our data collection to a state-of-the-art, electronic system.
  • Our long-term database of the whales near Jeffreys Ledge is the only one of its kind. It allows us to learn about this unique habitat- a place important for whales and other marine life to feed, along with several human uses such as whale watching, fishing and boating.
  • In 2019, we conducted 268 beach cleanups along the coastline from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts. This resulted in the removal of over 6,700 pounds (and 118,082 pieces!!) of litter from the coast
  • In 2013, we established the first marine education facility in Hampton Beach, NH. Our Blue Ocean Discovery Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors since it opened. We also offer hands-on educational programs to over 5,000 students each year in schools throughout New England.
  • As the only New Hampshire-based marine mammal internship program, we have hosted more than 140 student interns since 2002 and provided a crucial step in these students’ career paths.

Visit www.blueoceansociety.org, call 603-431-0260 or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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