As part of our purpose to conserve and enhance the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, Stellwagen Alive! focuses on 3 key areas:
We have a number of current projects in which you can get involved, including:
Fathom That! is an exciting project offering an audio and companion mobile website tour to families and visitors interested in learning about the Sanctuary. The project draws on modern technology and good old fashioned signage. Visitors at one of 30 onshore “sea spots” from Gloucester to Provincetown will encounter a display presenting interesting facts about the connection between the “sea spot” and the Sanctuary. The display also prompts the more curious to pick up their phone to “dial and dive in” for more information by calling an established phone line and entering codes found on the display. A recorded voice provides a personal message about the sea spot and its connection to the Sanctuary. The companion mobile website is designed for smart phone users and provides a wealth of information about specific sea spots and general interest topics creating connections to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The mobile website can also be viewed on laptops and desktop computers as well. This project is being viewed as a model for the 13 other National Marine Sanctuaries and Monument. The project is a joint effort sponsored by Stellwagen Alive! in partnership with NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Read more about Fathom That!
For unwary marine life, abandoned or "ghost gear" from fishing poses a life-threatening hazard. So in 2008, Stellwagen Alive! sought the help of local New England fishermen to remove and recycle debris from the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary. The results surprised even us!
Read more about Stellwagen Sweep
Since 2007, scientists have been working to monitor and map the underwater acoustic environment of the Sanctuary and evaluate its impact on marine animals. Using a large-scale ocean observing system, this project builds on previous efforts to assess the contributions of sound sources to the sanctuary's total "noise budget."
Read more about the Acoustic Validation Study