The mission of the New England Aquarium is to increase understanding of aquatic life and environments, to enable people to act to conserve the oceans and to provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources. The Aquarium has an international research and conservation program with a proven ability to collaborate and develop solutions to protect the ocean. This page has links to the Large Whale and Turtle Surveys for Wind Energy Development, Right Whale Research Project, the Right Whale Conservation Medicine Program, Sea Turtle Conservation and Research, Marine Stress Research Program, Marine Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Hermit Crab Shell Selection, Global Climate Change and Ocean Education, Marine Fish Stress and Health, Digital Image Gathering and Information Tracking System (DIGITS), Coral Reef Ecology, the Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction and American Lobster Research Program.

Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction

• Avoid species depletion with collaboration between scientists and the fishing industry

• Understand interactions between threatened species and fishing operations

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Coral Reef Ecology

• Develop and test hypotheses explaining the diversity of reef corals

• Explore reef herbivory and corallivory in the Caribbean

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Digital Image Gathering and Information Tracking System (DIGITS)

• Bring our photographic monitoring of right whales into the digital era

• Archive digital images and sightings data in an easily usable format

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Marine Fish Stress and Health

• Assess the physiological stress response in elasmobranchs and other fishes

• Determine mortality of discarded bycatch in fishing operations

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Hermit Crab Shell Selection

• Determine the benefits of vacancy chains in terrestrial hermit crabs
• Determine the effect of previous shell quality on future success in shell acquisition

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Large Whale and Turtle Surveys for Wind Energy Development

• Contribute to informed decisions for offshore renewable energy development

• Perform consistent aerial surveys to retrieve valuable environmental data
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American Lobster Research Program

• Conduct research on lobster biology, behavior, physiology, health and disease

• Produce year-round supply of lobsters for collaborative research efforts

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Marine Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

• Explore relationships between marine organisms and their environments

• Integrate spatial techniques, tools and knowledge into existing programs

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Sea Turtle Conservation and Research

• Restore populations of endangered sea turtles through rescue and rehabilitation

• Advance sea turtle clinical research and veterinary science

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Global Climate Change and Ocean Education

• Build a national coalition of aquariums on climate change education

• Develop an interpretive framework for climate change and the ocean

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Sustainable Aquaculture Project

• Improve sourcing decisions of large companies

• Improve standards and the standard setting process for aquaculture

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Sustainable Ornamental Fish Initiative

• Determine the impact of harvest on reef ecosystems

• Promote sustainable harvest and environmental stewardship

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Marine Stress Research Program

• Develop new methods of assessing stress in marine wildlife

• Identify the major sources of significant human-caused stress in the oceans

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Right Whale Conservation Medicine Program

• Study health and reproduction in living right whales

• Examine the connections between right whale health and their environment

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Right Whale Research Project

• Keep the North Atlantic right whale from going extinct

• Conduct rigorous science to fully understand right whale biology

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