Swim & Fin Open Water Swim Race
Run for The Beach
School to Sea
North River Awareness
2015 Race for Salem Sound is ON!

6th Annual Run for the Beach 5K!
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Registration is now open


All the Details for the Run for the Beach! on our event page and facebook page.


10th Annual Swim & Fin
August 29, 2015


2015 Lecture Series
March 25th

"Horseshoe Crabs - The Ancient Blue Bloods"

Presenters: Dr. Sara Grady

Watershed Ecologist, North & South Rivers Watershed Association

April 29

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

"Rock, Gravel, Sand - The Geology of Our Local Beaches"

Presenters: Dr. Lindley Hanson

Professor of Geology, Salem State University

All at the Abbot Public Library lower level meeting room

235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01915

Free and Open to the Public



The Lecture series was another great success.

January 29, 2014 - “Winter Waterfowl at the Salem Sound     Underwater Diner” by Dr. Robert Buchsbaum, Conservation Scientist, Mass Audubon

Febuary 26, 2014 - “History Revealed by the Sea Floor”  by              Dr. Brad Hubeny, Professor of Geological Sciences, Salem State University

March 26, 2014 - “Changing Climate – Changing Fishes”  by Dr. Mike Armstrong, Assistant Director, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

April 30, 2014 - “Shellfish, Shellfish Everywhere and Not a Clam to Eat!”  Barbara Warren, Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch

June 18, 2014 - The Color and Beauty of New England's underwater World" - Andrew Martinez, Underwater Photography

This Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET

MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. Every Massachusetts driver who purchases one of the "Preserve the Trust" license plates is contributing to the Trust and to the state's environmental well-being.

The Lecture Series is part of a MET grant awarded to Salem Sound Coastwatch to study the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor over the next two and a half years. Turbidity, which is cloudiness in the water column, affects the ability of the water to sustain marine life.
Dr. Brad Hubeny of Salem State University's Geological Science Department is the principal investigator along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director.

Outstanding Past Events from 2013

"Climate Change in New England"

2013 Lecture Series Presented by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the National Park Service

There is no doubt that climate change is a complex subject and is challenging us in ways we've never seen before. This 5-part lecture series concluded our programming for 2013. We will continue bringing experts to share with us how climate change is affecting our New England region, what is being done about it, and how you can help. Please stay involved. Videos of each presentation were filmed by Salem Access TV and are available for streaming.

Link to Dr. Paul Kirshen's lecture slides:

Preparing for Coastal Climate Change: How Do We Assess Vulnerability and Plan to Adapt (4.8 MB)

Links to two working papers Fara Courtney co-authored:

U.S. Offshore Wind Energy: A Path Forward (2009)

A Framework for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the United States (2005)

2013 - Race for Salem Sound
Celebrated our coastal treasures, clean ocean water and healthy activities.

8th Swim & Fin - Open Water Champion Races

4th Coastal 5K - Run for the Beach!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all our partners, volunteers and sponsors who are helping us make the 2013 Race for Salem Sound a great success. All proceeds from the Coastal 5K go to supporting SSCW’s Adopt a Beach program.

Other Past Events

Karen Ristuben performed "Just One Word..."

Center for the Arts, Rose Performance Hall
Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly MA 0191

A performance lecture combining, art, science, music and philosophy by Karen Ristuben highlights the issue of marine plastic pollution and its impact on ocean ecosystems--including the marine food chain. We are pleased to have the Endicott College Environmental Society as our co-sponsor. See her short videos.

Bill McKibben “Eaarth, A New Planet”

Endicott College in the Wax Academic Center Auditorium
376 Hale Street, Beverly MA 01915

Bill McKibben  believes we have changed the planet in such a fundamental way that it is no longer the same planet, which he addresses in his newest book, Eaarth. Provoked by inaction, Bill came up with the idea of 350.org and has become a figurehead, speechmaker and stratgist for a call to action, because what happens next on Earth depends on us. SSCW was pleased to be a co-sponsor with Endicott College.