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County, State, and Federal Listings: N—Z

Nantucket Land Bank Commission
Natural Resources Conservation Service USDA Field Office
SouthEastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program
University of Massachusetts Nantucket Field Station
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Sea Grant Program
Woods Hole Science Aquarium

22 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554

PHONE: (508) 228-7240

FAX: (508) 228-9369

E-MAIL: or


Eric Savetsky, Director
Craig Hunter, Administrator

HOURS: 9:00-4:00 Monday-Friday

The Nantucket Land Bank Commission is a body politic and corporate and a public instrumentality created by a special act of the Mass. Legislature, Chapt. 669 of the Acts of 1983, as thereafter amended. Pursuant to this authority, the Land Bank is empowered to acquire important open space resources on Nantucket for the public, and to hold and manage parcels of land in a manner consistent with the natural, scenic, and open conditions thereof. The funds used by the Land Bank for these purposes are generated primarily from a two percent real estate transfer fee that the Land Bank is authorized to collect on transfers of real estate occurring within the County of Nantucket, subject to certain exemptions.

PUBLICATIONS: No publications.

OTHER INFORMATION: Call for information packet.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: The Commission has provided the public with a diverse selection of open space opportunities on Nantucket spanning rare species protection to active recreation. To date, the Land Bank has acquired and manages 2,460 acres of land and protects another 105 acres through permanent conservation restrictions.

KEYWORDS: Nantucket, land bank

USDA Field Office
270 Communication Way
P.O. Box 709
Barnstable, MA 02630

PHONE: (508) 771-6476

FAX: (508) 771-6509

E-MAIL: Not available.

WWW: Not available.

CONTACT: Donald Liptack

HOURS: 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday

DESCRIPTION: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a land-use planning agency working with the USDA, primarily in agriculture. It is also involved in water conservation, water irrigation management, water quality, storm water management, dune stabilization and restoration, soils information and verification, and wetlands delineation. Growers, including cranberries, private land owners, and town conservation commissions, health departments, and planning boards all use the services of the NRCS.

PUBLICATIONS: Many technical publications available. Call for list. Annual Report (state-wide). Cape Cod Conservation District Annual Report. Soil Survey information booklets. Various brochures on water quality, wetlands, wildlife, natural resources.

OTHER INFORMATION: There are no set fees; call for more information.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Design and implementation of water management systems on cranberry bogs that will minimize pesticide and nutrient loss. Buzzards Bay Watershed targeted for nonpoint source pollution control implementation. Town storm water management assessments and evaluations. Comprehensive land use plan reviews.

KEYWORDS: Agriculture, Barnstable, Buzzards Bay, conservation, erosion, Land Conservation, water quality, water resources, wetlands.

c/o Hurley Library, Mass. Maritime Academy
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

PHONE: (508) 830-6478

FAX: (508) 830-6478 (call first)


WWW: Not available.

William Burt, Marine Specialist (508-375-6702)
Bill Walton, Aquaculture Specialist
Diane Murphy, Marine Program Associate

HOURS: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday

The SouthEastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center (SEMAC) is a regional center established to assist the aquaculture industry, private and public, within southeastern Massachusetts. The overall mission of SEMAC is to identify and respond to industry needs, both present and future. The center's initiatives include: resource network, technical assistance, training, educational programs, research and development, business promotion, and marketing.

PUBLICATIONS: Technical bulletins and special reports.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Industry Support and Technical Assistance: Growers are able to request funds for assistance in emergency disease diagnosis and assistance for advanced training. They also have access to site evaluation equipment and technical assistance. Research and Development: Mini-grant program available for industry research and development. Support for demonstration projects and innovative culture technologies, workshops. Outreach and Education: Center works with schools as well.

KEYWORDS: aquaculture, fisher, education, resources, disease, assistance, clam, quahog, oyster, marketing, training, shellfish

175 Edward Foster Road
Scituate, MA 02066

PHONE: (781) 545-8026

FAX: (781) 545-8036



CONTACT: Anne I. Smrcina

HOURS: 9-5 M-F

The objectives of the Sanctuary are to provide enhanced resource protection through conservation and management that complements existing regulatory authorities; to support, promote, and coordinate scientific research on, and monitoring of, the site-specific marine resources of the sanctuary; to enhance public awareness, understanding, appreciation, and wise use of the marine environment; and to facilitate multiple uses of the sanctuary to the extent compatible with the primary objective of resource protection.

PUBLICATIONS: Newsletter (2/year); humpback whale poster and habitat posters; Portland poster; data sheets on research programs.

FEES: No fees

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: "Right Whale" education package; teacher training workshops; web-based curriculum materials; exhibits (May-October) in Provincetown and Gloucester; marine art contest with Massachusetts Marine Educators.

KEYWORDS: Educational Services, Marine Environment, Marine Mammals, Marine Resources, Right Whales, Stellwagen Bank, Whales

Woods Hole Science Center
384 Woods Hole Road
Quissett Campus
Woods Hole, MA 02543

PHONE: (508) 457-2280

FAX: (508) 457-2310



CONTACT: Chris Polloni

HOURS: 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday

Conducts earth science research and mapping investigations of the U.S. continental margins. Areas of study include the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Great Lakes, and Polar Regions. Research focuses on four themes: environmental quality and preservation, natural hazards and public safety, natural resources, and public information. Current topics of study include coastal erosion, polluted sediments, gas hydrates, and coastal effects from global climate change. Results of these studies are released to the public in many different types of media such as reports, fact sheets, and maps. Professional scientists, decision-makers, and the general public commonly use this information.

PUBLICATIONS: Publications, brochures, maps, and education materials on science projects at the Center are available upon request.

FEES: Not applicable.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: The USGS Woods Hole Science Center offers advisory services and releases study results to the public electronically via the Internet and upon request. Tours of the Center and the laboratories are available by special arrangement. Employees at the Center are also involved in numerous outreach activities in the local schools and beyond.

KEYWORDS: Marine Geology, Marine Research, Oceanography, Earth Science, Erosion, Sediment Contamination, Seafloor Mapping, Coastal Processes, Woods Hole, Geochemistry, Gas Hydrates, Global Climate Change

Facility: 180 Polpis Road, Nantucket, MA 02554
Mailing: c/o University of Massachusetts Boston. 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA 02125

PHONE: 617-287-5778 (on Island: 508-228-5268)

FAX: 617-287-6511 (on Island: 508-228-7834)



Sarah Oktay-Quigley, Associate Dean
Anthony Molis (on Island)

HOURS: By Appointment

The Station's objectives include education, research, and community service. Specialties are marine and coastal environments, maritime heaths, coastal botany, marine fish and shellfish, conservation, nitrogen fixation in the coastal environment, geobotany, the erosion of coastlines and endangered species.


FEES: Open all year. Users pay cost of facility use (see

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Provides summer courses in biology, information services, technical research support, laboratory and residence facilities and environmental information.

KEYWORDS: Marine and coastal environments, ecology of heathlands, botany, marine fish, shellfish, conservation, geobotany, coastlines, endangered species, birds, coastal ponds. educational services at the university level, erosion, geology, marine research, maritime history, natural history, water quality, wetlands, wildlife, nitrogen fixation in the coastal environment

149 Waquoit Highway
P.O. Box 3092
Waquoit, MA 02536

PHONE: (508) 457-0495

FAX: (617) 727-5537



CONTACT: Alison Leschen, Reserve Manager

HOURS: Office Hours - 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, Visitor Center 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

WBNERR is one of 26 areas designated as part of a Federal-State (NOAA/MA DCR) venture. The focus is on education, estuarine research, and resource protection. The Reserve Headquarters is on 23 acres at the old Sargent Estate. The Reserve encompasses 2700 acres including Washburn Island, South Cape Beach, parcels along the Quashnet and Childs Rivers and Abigail Brook. The Reserve promotes on-site research on such topics as nutrient transport in groundwater and impacts on ecosystem, various topics relating to estuarine ecology and coastal dynamics. Research results are used to educate policymakers, teachers, and other members of the community about coastal zone issues.

PUBLICATIONS: Lists of current research projects, publications, and past newsletters are available at the Reserve and on their website; Waquoit Bay and Washburn Island references available in the WBNERR library; Science and Policy Bulletins (Global Climate Change: What Communities Can Expect and What They Can Do)

FEES: No fees except for camping on Washburn Island and parking at South Cape Beach.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Research laboratory, research education space, teacher training workshops, guidance for teachers studying coastal ecosystems, guidance for school field studies, library, lectures, exhibits, interpretive walks, adult education courses on Groundwater Issues, Renewable Energy, and Ecological Landscaping. The Coastal Training Program provides workshops and other information and training services for Coastal Decision Makers. Additional Summer Programs: "Evenings on the Bluff" presentations, Science School. Volunteer and intern programs.

KEYWORDS: Nitrogen Loading, Estuary, Biology, Birds, Coastal Dynamics, Coastal Management And Planning, Coastal Ponds, Coastal Recreation, Educational Services At The University Level, Falmouth, Land Conservation, Marine Research, Mashpee, Natural Habitats, Natural History, Shellfish, Underwater Research, Waquoit Bay, Waste Disposal And Treatment, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Water Resources, Wetlands, Wildlife, Environment, Ecological Landscaping, Renewable Energy, Atmospheric Deposition, Climate Change

193 Oyster Pond Road, MS #2
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1525

PHONE: (508) 289-2665

FAX: (508) 457-2172

E-MAIL: (or see individual addresses below)


Judith E. McDowell, Sea Grant Director (
Diane Murphy, Fisheries & Aquaculture Specialist (
Greg Berman, Coastal Processes Specialist (
Jeffrey Brodeur, Communications and Outreach Specialist (
Kate Madin, Education Specialist (

HOURS: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Woods Hole Sea Grant program supports research, education, and extension projects that encourage environmental stewardship, long-term economic development, and responsible use of the nation’s coastal and ocean resources. It is part of the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a network of 30 individual programs located in each of the coastal and Great Lakes states. Together, these programs form a national network of over 300 participating institutions involving more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, educators, students, and outreach experts.

PUBLICATIONS: "Beachcomber’s Companion©"; Program Guide (updated every 2 years, free); "Two if by Sea," a joint newsletter with MIT Sea Grant; "Directory of Cape & Islands Coastal Outreach Organizations"; "Marine Science Careers: A Sea Grant Guide to Ocean Opportunities"; online publications catalog.

FEES: Fees for various publications and videos for cost recovery only.

KEYWORDS: Aquaculture, Fisheries, Biology, Coastal Management And Planning, Coastal Ponds, Conservation, Educational Services For Children, Marine Careers, Marine Mammals, Marine Research, Red Tide, Shellfisheries, Underwater Research, Water Quality, Wetlands, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Coastal Hazards, Erosion, Environmental Technologies, Coastal Processes, Management

NOAA/NMFS Laboratory
Water and Albatross Streets
Woods Hole, MA 02543

PHONE: (508) 495-2001

FAX: (508) 495-2382

E-MAIL: or


David J. Radosh, Aquarium Curator
George Liles, Public Affairs

HOURS: 11-4 Tuesday-Saturday, Summer; 11-4 Monday-Friday, Winter. Closed on Federal holidays.

The NMFS Laboratory monitors and regulates marine fishery ecosystems on the New England and mid-Atlantic shelves. The Aquarium promotes public awareness of these activities and a better understanding and appreciation of the fisheries stocks and the marine environment. On display are live exhibits of local marine species including those of commercial and recreational importance.

PUBLICATIONS: No publications

FEES: Aquarium free and open to the public. Donations accepted.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: Provides information on fishing industries in this region, library services, high school summer intern program, and aid to students doing projects.

KEYWORDS: Aquariums and Museums, Commercial Fisheries, Educational Services For Children, Education Services For Young Adults, Marine Research, Public, Sportfishing, Tourism, Woods Hole

Last updated: January 14, 2015

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