Making a Lasting Global Impact

Through our conservation and research programs, we develop and implement new solutions to protect the oceans and balance the human impacts on them.

Endangered Species and Habitats

We have been actively working to protect ecosystems from human impact and conserve threatened animals and habitats for more than 20 years. Our conservation and research projects span the world, from protecting the North Atlantic right whale in New England, and preserving coral reefs in the South Pacific to preventing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and working on issues related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Climate Change and the Oceans

Global climate change is real and it’s happening now. Animals and plants are disappearing from some places and appearing in others. The oceans are a leading indicator of climate change. As an ocean steward, the Aquarium is a supporter of important research on climate change and the oceans and a source of information.

Sustainable Fisheries, Bycatch and Aquaculture

The New England Aquarium collaborates with commercial and recreational fisheries to minimize the environmental impacts of fishing and reaches out to consumers to help educate the public about responsible seafood choices.

Research Project Pages

Aquarium research programs increase understanding of aquatic life and environments, enable people to act, and provide leadership for protecting the blue planet. See overviews of these projects, including the Right Whale Research Program, Coral Reef Ecology, the DIGITS database system and many more.

Conservation Medicine and Ocean Health

We can learn a lot about the state of our oceans by studying the health of marine animals. We investigate health and stress in right whales and other marine life, look for solutions to lobster shell disease and rescue and rehabilitate marine animals across New England.

Marine Animal Rescue

We rescue and rehabilitate stranded, injured and diseased marine animals from throughout the New England coastal region. Established in 1968, our Marine Animal Rescue Team has responded to thousands of calls to provide medical treatment for whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea turtles.

Tools for Conservation

We support conservation and research projects at the Aquarium and elsewhere through Marine GIS technology, the Marine Conservation Action Fund and The Akiko Shiraki Dynner Fund for Ocean Exploration and Conservation.

Global Explorers Blog

Our scientists and explorers travel the world to uncover the mysteries of the seas, from sunlit coral reefs to the wide open ocean and the unexplored depths. Our conservation and research work takes us on expeditions around the world.

live blue

It is easier than ever to lead an ocean-friendly life. Discover simple ways to make a difference every day

Publications and Presentations

Aquarium scientists produce a steady stream of publications and presentations.