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The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island is a non-profit research and education organization.  Their mission is:  “To promote and foster understanding and stewardship of coastal ecosystems through research and education.”  Part of their work is to observe and document the whale and sea bird populations of NY and New England and to take people to see these animals in the wild. 

Their research and education programs centered around the whales and seals the eastern NY Bight (see  


This summer they are planning the following trips that will be of interest to NYSMEA members:


  1. In 2017, CRESLI and the Viking Fleet will be undertaking local whale watching excursions.  Local trips will leave from the dock at 9:30 AM - returning at around 3:30 PM, on Sundays   throughout the summer from July 2, 2017 through September 3, 2017.  The cost, part of which will go to CRESLI, will be approximately $75 per adult and $40 per child 5- 12. There is no charge for children under 5.

They hope to encounter fin, minke, humpback, sei, and right whales; common, white-sided, dolphins, pilot whales, and thousands of pelagic birds.  Keep checking their website ( for updates. Whale watching reservations can be made via the Viking Fleet website at


  1. 2017 Great South Channel trips –  One in July and one in August
    1. July 16-18, 2017 (depart Montauk at 6:00 PM on Sunday 7/16/17 and return 4:00 AM on Tuesday 7/18/17)
    2. August 13-15, 2017 (depart Montauk at 6:30 PM on Sunday 8/13/17; arrive and depart Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard around 1:00AM on 8/14; arrive in whale grounds at sunrise 8/14  and return to Montauk 10:30 PM on Tuesday 8/15/17) 

·         $300 per adult, ½ price for kids under 12.

·         Reservations are required and can be made as of at

·         Their trips have been 100% successful and we have encountered thousands of pelagic birds over the years.  They’ve also encountered fin, minke, sei, and right whales; common, white-sided, dolphins, pilot whales.

·         They have now had 1100 humpback encounters in our trips to the Great South Channel, Stellwagen Bank, and locally.  With the assistance of the Gulf of Maine Humpback group, the Center for Coastal Studies, Allied Whale, and the FlukeMatcher groups on Flickr and Facebook they have, photo-identified 420  different whales during these trips.

·         CRESLI hopes that you will join them on their trips.  Remember that members get discounted fares. 

Go to  for info and reservation links. Reservations can be made at


Please also note that Artie leads 1.2 mile round-trip educational walks to observe seals at Cupsogue Beach every year from November through May


With 30 years of experience educating the general public about the marine sciences, and almost 40 years as a professor of biology/ecology, and as a recipient of the Matthew Fontaine Maury Award in 2012, please think about the work that CRESLI has conducted for over 20 years.


Contact Info:

Arthur H. Kopelman, Ph. D.

Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI)

PO Box 54, West Sayville, NY 11796



Save The Date: October 3, 2017

The Waterfront Alliance's, Heroes of the Harbor, honors members of the waterfront community for their unique contributions to making the New York Harbor and waterfront an exceptional place to live, work, and play. A highlight of the evening is the Parade of Boats, an urban flotilla of dozens of boats—big and small—that delights our guests and the public as it passes Chelsea Piers. Personalized ring buoys are presented to our “heroes” during dinner.

As their signature annual fundraising event, Heroes of the Harbor raises critical funds to support our work to protect, transform, and revitalize the New York and New Jersey harbor and waterfront.


Please see the Newest Strandline for news.

2016 NYSMEA Annual Conference Updates

Thank you for attending our conference! Please check out photos on our Facebook page (credit: Lou Siegel, Joel Teret, Doreen Johann, and Sarah Richards) and Flickr (credit: Sarah Richards). 

Congratulations to our awardees

Founders Award: Joel Teret (photo credit: Sarah Richards)

Matthew Fontaine Maury Award: Betty Borowsky (photo credit: Sarah Richards)

Kinghan Service Award: Gene Ritter and Beth Ritter (photo credit: Sarah Richards)

About Us

NYSMEA exists to promote marine awareness and encourage the growth and exchange of instructional resources within the scientific, commercial, and educational communities. We hold an annual conference, periodic meetings, lectures, workshops, field trips, and boat trips and produce a monthly newsletter, "The Strandline", which alerts members to upcoming activities and new postings on our Web site. Our Web site also includes lesson plans, job postings, research opportunities, field trip destinations, and marine-related links.


Members include educators from all levels; university researchers, college instructors, museum directors, aquarium staff, environmental center personnel, research scientists, laboratory technicians and those with interests in Marine Biology and Oceanography, SCUBA, fishing, boating, maritime history, folklore, archeology and the arts. 

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Participate in events from the international to the national to the regional to the local beach.  

Share a smile with new friends: cleaning the local ecosystem, sharing knowledge, attending workshops at the local conference, or traveling to the National Marine Educator's Association Annual Conference. 

Activity leads to growth.


Members embark on a journey of growth: take a first step (Join) and then another (Attend) and then another (Participate) and then another (Lead) and then another (Direct).

Our association is more than a group: it is the opportunity to take a few steps to make a positive impact on the world around us and actually make it a better place to live - all while achieving personal growth.

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Phone: 631-632-9216 

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