New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance Inc

NECWA Cares About Coastal Wildlife

Middleborough, MA   |  https://www.necwa.org

Mission

NECWA is an all-volunteer nonprofit based in southeastern MA. This organization combines educational outreach with research and conservation activities to protect and rescue marine wildlife in the coastal waters of New England. Internships provide opportunities for high school and college students to gain experience in the field of marine science. Research collected from our many projects is used to enhance our understanding of the unique marine wildlife found off our shores. Data collected from these projects is shared with researchers in the United States and worldwide to support conservation and management efforts. NECWA also oversees a rescue program for ocean sunfish that strand each fall and early winter along the shores of Cape Cod.

Ruling year info

2006

President

Ms. Carol D. Carson

Main address

11 Clarence Soule Drive

Middleborough, MA 02346 USA

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EIN

20-2642657

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Coastal marine wildlife are impacted by human development along our shorelines. This impact takes the form of lower populations, animals injured by human activity or by human trash, particularly fishing equipment, and cold season standings of migrating species. NECWA aims to better understand coastal marine wildlife, their needs, human impacts on them, and how best to support and interact with them.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

New England Basking Shark and Ocean Sunfish Projects

The New England Basking Shark Project (NEBShark) and the New England Ocean Sunfish Project (NEOSunfish) are community-sighting networks for two coastal pelagic fish commonly sighted in the waters off New England.
NEBShark and NEOSunfish are working towards the collection of sighting data and photographic images to create a comprehensive database that can be used to learn more about the biology and ecology of these gentle giants. This database will help scientists better understand the population size, distribution, and movements of basking sharks and ocean sunfish in the waters of the Gulf of Maine. Sighting data is being provided by private individuals as well as government and non-government organizations. Much of the sighting information is provided by interested members of the general public through our community-sighting network.
Trained public volunteers report sightings of basking sharks and ocean sunfish that they observe from a boat or from a local beach. All sighting information is shared with other institutions to support research and conservation activities.

Population(s) Served
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In 2016, NECWA in collaboration with Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay began a study on Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) in the marshes of Wareham, Marion, Mattapoisett and Pocasset, Massachusetts.
The Diamondback Terrapin is the only brackish-water turtle that lives in the coastal marshes of New England. NECWA studies nesting females from the end of May through mid-June. In late summer and early fall, NECWA also actively documents natural and predated nests in order to better understand the survivorship of hatchlings (baby terrapins).
The Diamondback Terrapin,Malaclemys terrapin, is a Threatened species in Massachusetts. In the past, this medium-sized marsh turtle was abundant in many areas of New England. However, over-harvesting of terrapins for food and the destruction of their habitats has significantly reduced their population size and overall abundance.

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Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Goals:
-To collect complete and accurate data on a variety of coastal marine wildlife that live in the New England area.
-To rescue live stranded or injured marine wildlife that we find along our New England shores.
-To train interns both high school and college by providing them hands-on experiences and opportunities in the field of marine biology.
-Connect the human community with the marine wildlife community through educational outreach and involvement through our community programs.
-To increase our knowledge of various species of marine wildlife found in the New England area through collaborations with other organizations, both government and NGO’s.

Strategies:
-Run an year-round internship program for both high school and college students,
-Conduct field research on various species adding the data and information into long-term databases.
-Support a number of community-based sighting networks including our Basking Shark and Ocean Sunfish Sighting -Network and our sighting forms for torpedo rays, thresher sharks and etc.
-Train and direct community volunteers who are part of Team Mola, a community-based team of interested folk who assist with both live and dead strandings of Ocean Sunfish and other marine wildlife in need.
-Collaborate with researchers, government and non-government, in Massachusetts, the United States, and around the world on various research projects through the sharing of data, tissues and opportunities.
-Offer reasonably priced or free community programs to kids of all ages to increase their knowledge and awareness of the unique coastal marine wildlife in their area, the issues around them and everyday solutions on how they can help.
-Participation in festivals, Fishing shows, conferences. etc.

Capabilities:
-Have trained staff who volunteer their time and expertise to work with young professionals in our internship and volunteer programs.
-Have professional connections with other scientists and organizations who are also pursuing research and conservation efforts on species that NECWA focuses on.
-Have both field and office equipment that allows us to collect and process data and tissues to support our research and educational outreach activities.
-Have a full-size inflatable whale model of the most famous humpback whale in the world who is named Salt. This model allows students and adults to view her unique photo-ID features both inside and out. Has organs inside (ribs, heart, baleen, stomach, intestines, etc.)
-Have experienced staff who are trained marine biologists, marketing, accounting, successfully working in the field.
-Have office and field gear storage that is free to the nonprofit and allows work to be conducted on a year round basis.

Accomplished to date and next:
-3 scientific papers and a chapter on reproduction in a new book dedicated to Ocean Sunfish.
-Large number of birds, both marine and land, rescued and taken to rehab.
-Large number of ocean sunfish rescued each fall and early winter (over 100 in 2020)
-Large number of interns that have successfully completed our 3 month long internship program.
-Majority of interns successfully moving onto to the next level in their professional careers.
-Increased awareness and understanding of the Diamondback terrapin in the waters of the southcoast.
-Horseshoe crab tagging and surveys in Marion.
-Compiling data from last 3 years of Mola data to share with public
-Continuing professional connections with scientists studying Torpedo Rays
-Strengthening connections with other Rescue groups
-Creating a citizen scientist boater group to help with marine rescues

Financials

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New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carol Carson

Carol Carson

President

Michael Carson

Treasurer

Belinda Rubinstein

Director

Carol Carson

Director

Michael Carson

Director

Tammy Silva

Director

Helen Granger

Director

Danielle Marston

Director

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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