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Recent Events

April 14, 2011, Premiere Night!

Stellwagen Sweep: Restoring Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Stellwagen Sweep MovieOver 100 people attended the premiere of Stellwagen Sweep: Restoring Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The nine minute film shows the tools we use to move harmful debris and we hear from the people who have helped remove over 100,000 pounds of marine debris!



Stellwagen Sweep: Thacher Island marine debris cleanup

Marine debris on Thacher IslandOn September 10, 2010 Stellwagen Alive volunteers were transported to Thacher Island, home of the Twin Lights, and performed an "extreme makeover" of its shoreline Saturday in Phase I of the removal of several thousand pounds of derelict fishing gear.

Between 9 am and 2 pm on a beautiful early fall Saturday, volunteers worked to gather and remove nearly a ton of derelict gear from the island's rocky shore. While this wasn't work directly in the sanctuary, the Rockport Conservation Commission contacted Stellwagen Alive to request our Stellwagen Sweep marine debris services for Thacher Island.  As our mission includes the marine environment surrounding Stellwagen, we were happy to oblige.  Once loaded onto the barge operated by Tiger Marston of Gloucester, it was brought to a state-of-the-art energy-from-waste facility, operated by Covanta Energy, where it was combusted at high temperatures and converted into clean, renewable energy.

We'll have Phase II in the spring.  To join us, please volunteer.

The annual Massachusetts Marine Educators Marine Art Contest

The annual Massachusetts Marine Educators Marine Art Contest is now underway. This contest is free of charge and open to all students in grades K-12, with divisions for elementary, junior high, high school, computer graphics and scientific illustration.

Download the brochure today for the entry form and further details on the contest.

The deadline for submission of entries is April 25, 2010. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Anne Smrcina at 781-545-8026 ext. 204 or by email at [email protected].


In the Balance: Art and the Environment

Art Exhibit at the Jameson and Thompson Fine Art Services

May 1, 2010, from 6-10 PM

We are excited to announce a the exciting reception at the opening of In Balance: Art and the Environment exhibit at the Jameson and Thompson Fine Art Services in Jamaica Plain, Ma. This exhibit highlights the work of 18 sought after artists for a very limited time, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all the artwork will go to Stellwagen Alive!

The artists that will be featured include Laura McPhee, April Gornik, Andrew G. Moore, Lisa Houck, Michael Beatty, Louise Marshall, Matthew Smith, Candace Walters, Tabitha Vevers, Amrk Adams, Nicole White, Judy Haberl, David Chatowsky, Meme Ferre, Kyle Larabee, Jennifer Maestre, Adrienne Shishko and Manuel Pardo.

Please join us for the opening of In the Balance: Art and the Environment. We're looking forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, please contact either Mary Jameson at 617-524-1805 or Jennifer Ferre at 814-35ALIVE.

Jameson and Thompson Fine Art Services

15 Greenview Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Stellwagen Sweep at Sandwich Marina

May 2009

May 4th, 2009, commercial fishermen and volunteers gathered to help locate and remove marine debris that is harmful to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This was a successful event, and we look forward to the next Stellwagen Sweep planned for Provincetown in 2010.



September 2007

September, 5, 2007, this three-day kayak paddle to semicurcumnavigation of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This event raised public awareness; helping people understanf the area that thie underwater plateau encompasses, and that this sanctuary needs the public support to save the treasure in their own "backyard".

The journey began in Provincetown, MA, where paddlers Dick Wheeler (founding Board Member) and Ben Cowie-Haskell (Assistant Sanctuary Superintendent) launched their kayaks to arrive in Scituate, Ma on Day 1. The second day's leg covered the area of Scituate to Boston's inner harbor. With the final paddle from Boston to Gloucester, MA. 

"Our Mission at Stellwagen Alive! is to share knowledge with the public about our ocean's vast and rich resources," said Jennifer Bender Ferre, Executive Director. The "Aukathon" is the brainchild of Dick Wheeler, who states, "the tragic story of the Great Auk is a metaphor for our flawed relationship with our planet and was the inspiration for my 1991 awareness-raising kayak journey that traced the migration route of the now extinct bird from Funk Island, Newfoundland, to Stellwagen Bank off the shores of Massachusetts and Cape Cod. Sixteen years later there are clear warning signs that Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's extraordinary diversity is threatened. The fact that the Sanctuary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) staff chose to name their new research vessel RV Auk is symbolic of their awareness of this threat."



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