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Sandbar Sharks Around Nantucket: I Know What They Did Last Summer

May 13, 2022

Feeling the animal swim out of your hands with their new tags, ready to contribute data for their species is the most satisfying part. Our first shark of the summer swims off with his new tags....Read More

AquaLife Conservancy staff working with local traders. Photo by AquaLife Conservancy


Status and Conservation of Sharks and Rays in Ghana with Focus on Threatened Shark-like Rays

May 13, 2022

Population declines are more severe for some groups of marine species, whose life-history traits make them extremely vulnerable to exploitation. Such is the case for shark-like rays....Read More

The SAG seen on our second survey day was less energetic but consisted of four right whales we had not seen on our first survey day, including Catalog #4150 and Catalog #4501 seen here. Photo by Katie Graham/ACCOL/NEAq taken under NOAA research permit #25739

Field Work

Southern New England Surveys, Take Two

April 28, 2022

The SAG seen on our second survey day was less energetic but consisted of four right whales we had not seen on our first survey day. (Taken under NOAA research permit #25739.)...Read More

Recently hatched olive ridleys beginning their journey back to the ocean. The crawl count program help monitor and evaluate sea turtle hatcheries and the 20% conservation quota.


Celebrating 25 Years of Counting Sea Turtles in Guatemala

March 18, 2022

Celebrating 25 years of counting sea turtles in Guatemala with ARCAS....Read More

Waiting in the cold for right whales to resurface was made easier by our warm float coats. Photo by Kate McPherson/ACCOL/NEAq

Field Work

Southern New England Surveys, Take One

March 7, 2022

For the first time in over 40 years of field research, our Right Whale Team conducted boat surveys in southern New England waters. ...Read More

The white water caused by Eg #4615’s thrashing could be seen for miles. Photo by: Delphine Durette-Morin/NEAq/CWI

Right Whales

Scenes from a Right Whale Entanglement

February 11, 2022

The right whale team provides a first-hand account of what it's like to respond to an entanglement. ...Read More

Right Whales

Gulf of St. Lawrence: August In a Nut Shell

February 8, 2022

After some rest and a couple crew changes, the right whale team was aboard theJ.D. Martin ready for the second leg of summer research in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. ...Read More


2021 MCAF Year in Review Blog

January 27, 2022

As we head into a new year, we reflect on everything the grantees and fellows of the Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) accomplished in 2021 and celebrate the grants that MCAF has funded. In 2021 ...Read More

ECOP awardee Jonathan Triminio


Meet the MCAF ECOP Awardees

January 6, 2022

This year we were honored to award ECOP grants to three talented emerging leaders in Sri Lanka and Belize. We recently had the pleasure of asking them questions about core aspects of their work. ...Read More

Right Whales

Identifying Soon-to-be Right Whale Moms

December 17, 2021

Scientists can test whales for the hormone progesterone to detect pregnancy....Read More

Sweet relief: Increasing the survival rate of black sea bass through swim bladder venting

November 8, 2021

The black sea bass (Centropristis striata) is a small, reef dwelling fish species commonly found along the US east coast from Florida to Maine. ...Read More

Right Whales

Busy Days on the Water

October 28, 2021

Our return to the Gulf of St. Lawrence continued with a busy few days of data and sample gathering and whale sightings....Read More

bycatch infographic


Sustainable Seafood Supports Healthy Oceans

October 27, 2021

Seafood is a significant source of protein worldwide, but many seafood lovers might not know it might come at a cost to other species and the environment. Learn how you can help....Read More

Entangled Whale - GULLY

Right Whales

Right Whale Population Declines for 10th Straight Year

October 25, 2021

Scientists say there are just 336 North Atlantic right whales left in the world. The species struggles due to entanglement, vessel strikes, and the shifting of food sources due to climate change....Read More