Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All About that Bass

 
 
Black Sea Bass
The Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata), also known as a Rockbass and Tallywag, is not a bass at all!  In fact, the black sea bass is a member of the grouper family, and in no way is related to the striped bass or freshwater bass.  It is a popular commercial and recreational species found along the East Coast from Massachusetts to the west coast of Florida. There are two separate stocks of black sea bass in the Atlantic, divided at approximately Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.  In 2000, the black sea bass population north of Cape Hatteras was declared overfished, but has since rebounded thanks to improved reproduction and growth rates as well as strict fishing regulations.  In addition, black sea bass have also made a huge return to Boston Harbor thanks to the cleaner water conditions!

Black sea bass grow slowly and on average become 2 feet in length and can weigh upwards of 10 pounds.  Large black sea bass are black in color; smaller ones are more of a dusky brown. The belly is slightly paler than the sides. The fins are dark with dark spots, and the dorsal fin is marked with a series of white spots and bands.  Black sea bass often eat whatever prey is available, but they especially like crabs, shrimp, worms, small fish, and clams.
 

 
Black sea bass are "protogynous hermaphrodites"—which means that most black sea bass start out as females, and as they mature and grow they become males. Researchers aren’t sure why this happens, but one hypothesis suggests the scarcity of males in a spawning group may be the stimulus for a female to switch sex. Black sea bass spawn in coastal areas from January through July. During spawning season, male black sea bass turn bright blue and develop a pronounced blue hump on their heads. Depending on their size, females can produce between 30,000 and 500,000 eggs in a spawning season.

In the Mid-Atlantic, the way black sea bass are caught changes seasonally with the species' seasonal migrations—when they're inshore, commercial fishermen catch them primarily with fish pots (both baited and un-baited) and hand lines. Recreational fishermen can also fish for black sea bass when they're inshore. Once they swim offshore in the winter, they're caught in trawl fishing. (Although effective at catching fish, trawling often results in bi-catch of other less desirable fish species.) Once caught, black sea bass can be fileted and cooked in several different ways,  It's even possible to use the bones and carcass as the base for a stock or soup broth.

Check out the video below to learn how to filet the bass and
the links below for some yummy recipes!


 
 
Similar to the flounder, black sea bass can also be used to make beautiful fish prints!  Because the bass is "round" instead of flat like the flounder, these prints may take a few tries before producing the perfect print!

Don't be afraid to experiment with color!

 

And remember, the bass can still be filleted and cooked to eat as long as the inky skin is removed.

For more information on the black sea bass, the status of the species,
 
 

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Save the Harbor Connects 107,123 Youth and Teens to Boston Harbor

On Saturday, October 25th, Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay hosted its final free fall cruise of 2014 to Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Nearly 400 children and their families from across the City of Boston and around the region took advantage of the beautiful fall day to explore the island, enjoy a picnic lunch, hike on the trails and search for treasure on the beach.

Hundreds of young people and families from across the city and around the region joined Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay for their final free fall cruise of 2014 to Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. 

Save the Harbor took the opportunity to celebrate an important milestone, announcing that their free youth environmental education programs connected more than 100,000 underserved youth and their families to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands since they launched their free programs in 2002.

Save the Harbor spokesman Bruce Berman; Giles Parker, Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park; Patricia Foley, President of Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay; Carol Churchill, Manager of Communications for Distrigas of Massachusetts LLC; Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn; Jennifer Cruickshank, Public Affairs and Communications Director at The Coca-Cola Company and Julie Doherty Pagano, General Manager at Bay State Cruise Company on the dock before the cruise. 

At a dockside press conference before the cruise, Save the Harbor / Save the Bay’s President Patricia Foley thanked “Bay State Cruise Company, the Massachusetts Port Authority, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the National Park Service, as well as the region’s foundations, corporations, and small businesses and the hundreds of individual donors whose support has made Save the Harbor/Save the Bay the Boston Harbor Connection for more than 100,000 young people and their families.”

Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn was on hand at the World Trade Center to congratulate Save the Harbor. “At Massport our mission is to move people and goods connecting Massachusetts and New England to the world. We are proud to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s work to connect youth and families from our communities to Boston Harbor and beyond.”

Among those that took part in the trip were groups from the West End House in Allston/Brighton, Maverick Landing in East Boston, the Cummings School in Winthrop, the Highland Coalition from Lynn, the Red Sox Scholars and many other groups and families from across the city and around the region.

40 sixth and seventh graders from the Cummings School in Winthrop were among the nearly 400 people who joined Save the Harbor for a spectacular fall day on Spectacle Island.

Save the Harbor’s free programs have connected 107,123 underserved young people and their families to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands since they began in 2002, making Save the Harbor/Save the Bay the Boston Harbor Connection for the region’s residents, creating a new generation of Boston Harbor Stewards and building a new constituency to support Save the Harbor’s work. "Our hearts truly warm watching all those kids walk onto the Provincetown II every summer," said Julie Doherty Pagano, General Manager at Bay State Cruise Company, "We are proud to partner with Save the Harbor and are truly touched by what they do."

Carol Churchill, Manager of Communications for Distrigas of Massachusetts LLC, a longtime supporter of Save the Harbor’s free youth environmental education programs, was also on hand for the brief dockside ceremony, saying “Distrigas is honored to partner with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and provide opportunities for Boston area youth to enjoy Boston Harbor. Because the harbor is so essential to our business, we remain committed to ‘giving back’ in ways that expand access to the harbor and the islands and deepen public appreciation for these cherished resources.”


It was 65 and sunny on Spectacle Island- perfect weather to splash in the surf!

Save the Harbor’s free youth environmental education programs use field science, archaeology, and art on the shore to encourage youth and teens to actively explore Boston Harbor to increase their understanding of the marine environment and encourage them to engage in healthy outdoor activities.



Susan Fagan, Vice President of Market Unit Sales Operations, Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. is proud of Coca-Cola’s partnership with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “At Coca-Cola, we believe our success depends on the sustainability of the communities in which we operate. We are proud to support Save the Harbor’s youth environmental programs, which provide hands-on education and healthy outdoor activities that connect local youth to the wonders of Boston’s harbor, the harbor islands and the region’s public beaches. Through these programs, young people learn to how to protect our natural environment, while gaining important leadership skills and having fun.”

“Our free youth environmental education programs are the cornerstones of our efforts to share Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands and the region’s public beaches with all Bostonians and the region’s residents, especially underserved youth and teens,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy, Communications and Programs at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “As we wrap up our 2014 season on Boston Harbor we want to thank the region’s foundations, corporations and the hundreds of individual donors for their support.”

Sightseers enjoyed the beautiful view of Boston and Boston Harbor from the North Drumlin of Spectacle Island

Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Distrigas/GDF SUEZ, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Ludcke Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation II.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Chiofaro Company, The Fallon Company, Hampshire House Corporation – Cheers for Children, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, William E & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and the Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Baystate Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA, Boston Bruins Foundation, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Carnival Foundation, Circle Furniture, The Daily Catch Seaport, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, Goulston & Storrs, HYM Investment Group Inc., Lovett-Woodsum Family Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, National Park Service, Rowan Murphy & Andus Baker, P&G Gillette, Reebok Foundation, Skanska USA Commercial Development Inc., South Boston Community Development Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Red Sox Foundation, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Senior Housing Property Trust, TD Charitable Foundation and the YMCA of Greater Boston.

We would also like to thank the hundreds of individual donors who help make these programs possible and our partners at the Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the Department of Conservation and Recreation for their support.


About Save the Harbor’s Youth Environmental Education Programs

Each year Save the Harbor/Save the Bay offers a suite of free youth environmental education programs that begin with Marine Mammal Safaris during spring vacation and end in late fall with Treasures of Spectacle Island Excursions.

In 2014, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s free Youth Environmental Education program staff of 34 teachers, college students and teenage assistants connected 18,123 youth, teens and their families to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands, an increase of nearly 15% over 2013.

Save the Harbor's programs use both traditional tools and new technology to encourage youth and teens to actively explore Boston Harbor, increase their understanding of the marine environment and engage in healthy outdoor activities. Our Boston Harbor Educators use dip nets, fishing rods, lobster traps, field guides, underwater digital video cameras, water quality testing equipment as well as kites, Frisbees, ball sports, archaeology and art on the shore to engage youth and teens age 7-17 on the docks, beach and shore.
This summer, Save the Harbor’s All Access Boston Harbor program connected 8,011 young people from 110 youth and community organizations from 40 communities including all of Boston’s neighborhoods, the region’s beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket and other cities and towns across the region to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands. These include youth and teens ages 7-17 from 84 youth groups including the Greater Boston YMCA’s, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, our Better Beaches Program partner organizations, eight youth program site partners, and many smaller groups as well.

Save the Harbor’s Boston Harbor Explorers program served 7,409 youth and teens at eight program sites including Courageous Sailing in Charlestown, Piers Park and Constitution Beach in East Boston, The McDonough Sailing Center in South Boston, the Boston Children’s Museum, Community Boating on the Charles River, Black’s Creek in Quincy, and at Camp Harbor View on Long Island.

The group also offered Youth Environmental Education Programs at 14 Better Beaches Program events in Lynn, Revere, East Boston, South Boston, and Quincy, and at waterfront events in Boston’s North End and on the Boston Fish Pier, reaching an additional 2,703 children and their families.

For more information, or to make a contribution to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, visit their website at www.savetheharbor.org and their blog “Sea, Sand & Sky” at www.blog.savetheharbor.org


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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Journey with Save the Harbor

It has been a long journey with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. On my first day back in January, I knew nothing about beach water quality, about flagging accuracy. And now I am confident to say that, under Bruce's direction and guidance, our water quality team knows every bit about it, and is actively making continuous effort to make us heard in policy making process. It is very lucky for me to have the opportunity to be present at meetings discussing outfalls monitoring prospect, beach water quality standards, and alternatives to meet EPA beach guidance for grants, hearing government agencies sharing their perspectives. It is both challenging and fun. Sometimes we need to take other people's standpoint and think from their perspective, then we can stop complaining, be patient, and that's when we actually start to help.

As I am from China, I started a project to study the difference between the two countries in the subject of beach testing and notification for the sake of public health. Since I live inland China and rarely go to coastal beaches, I almost had no knowledge of Chinese beaches. The project provided a great chance for me to get to know my country better. Interestingly, I find physical safety (reef, tides, wind, water depth, etc.) receives better attention in China, and marine bathing beaches still use fecal coliform as microbial indicator while many US states made a switch from fecal coliform to enterococcus in beach testing decades ago as EPA believes enterococcus is a more effective indicator for human illness in marine waters. To study the contamination source of marine beaches, I researched waste water treatment situation and sewer systems in both countries. I was surprised to know lots of waste water treatment plants in small cities/towns could not afford maintenance costs in China, or don't have enough sewage to treat while untreated sewage keep pouring into rivers. The owner and workers of the plant even grew vegetables to make money so that they could keep the plant running while having enough to support them. It is generous but sad. And the awkward situation happened because the construction of waste water plant was way ahead of the installation of collection system. After all, it was poor planning.

Working at STH as an intern has not only broadened my beach knowledge, but also brought me into the marine science and monitoring world, which I feel could remain one of my interests for a long time if not for ever. Thanks for Bruce and Patty's generous support, I enjoyed working with everyone here. Smart Jingwei, cheerful Amy, cute Kelly, knowledgeable Ian, helpful Lindsay, professional Sue, talented Charlie, insightful Ben and dedicated Rachel, I will miss all of you.

Never say goodbye, cause I will see you soon!

Yudan Jiang



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Fantastic Flounder

Flounder are a common flatfish species known to live on the ocean floor.  Although they are often sought after by commercial and recreational fishermen for their delicious filets, there are several other uses  for our friend the flounder. Lucky for us, two different species can be found in and around Boston Harbor.  
The Summer Flounder (Paralicthys dentatus), also known as a Fluke, is distributed throughout the Atlantic Ocean ranging from Nova Scotia to the east coast of Florida.  Summer Flounder can live up to 14 years and can grow to lengths of  2-3ft.  Although adult flounder are flat as adults, they start life off looking like a "normal fish".  It isn't until they go through a metamorphosis that they become flat and their eyes shift.  In the case of the Summer Flounder, its transformation puts both eyes on the left side of its body.  Summer Flounder are opportunistic feeders and will eat anything that comes their way.  Their flat bodies and color changing camouflage techniques allow the flounder to ambush its prey.  This often includes small fish and crustaceans.  Although coloration can vary form brown to grey, Summer Flounder are white underneath and have spots on their backs.  This can be a key way in distinguishing a summer flounder from other species because at least five of these dark spots are arranged in an "X" pattern.

The second specie of flounder found in the harbor is the Winter Flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus), commonly referred to as a Sole.  Unlike their cousin the summer flounder, the winter flounder's eyes are located on the right side of their bodies.  They can be found along the east coast, and more commonly north of the Delaware Bay.  Winter flounder can live for 18 years and grow to about 2ft in length. They can range in coloration from muddy brown, olive green, and black.  Their under bellies are white, and the dorsal and anal fins are tinged pink, red or yellow.

Catching one of these flat fish isn't as hard as you may think. Whether on the beach, a pier, or a boat flounder can be caught with simple hook and line techniques (just be sure to include a weight to bring the line all the way to the bottom!). Although, it is important to note state regulations, open and closed seasons, and size regulations when fishing for any species of fish. 

Once caught, flounder can be quickly filleted and made into many tasty meals! Check out the "how to" video below and the link for some easy and great recipes such as stuffed flounder and fried flounder!


All Recipes: Flounder

Before filleting your catch, flounder can also be used to make beautiful works of art.  Inspired by the traditional Japanese style of gyotaku, flounder painted with inks can then been pressed with rice paper to transfer over the delicate details of the fish body that are enhanced and picked up by the ink.



Fish prints done by kids who visited our tent at the 2014 Boston Seafood Festival
 
Art projects like this have become so popular that reusable rubber fish replicas have been produced to allow fish prints to be made wherever, whenever!


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Artists hard at work!
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay summer staff attempt their first fish print!

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Drying the finished products at the
2014 Boston Seafood Festival

For step by step instructions check out this link!


After printing, the flounder can still be filleted and cooked to eat as long as the inky skin is removed.  Once all that is left is the "fish frame" or carcass, it can be used as bait for future fishing trips or in lobster pots.  Thus making the act of flounder fishing and printing a sustainable one!

For more information on flounder, the status of the species,
and fishing regulations check out these websites!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay Hosts its Second Free Cruise to Spectacle Island on Saturday, October 25th!

All of us at Save the Harbor invite you to join us on a free cruise to Spectacle Island on Saturday, October 25th to enjoy a beautiful fall day on Boston Harbor and discover the "Treasures of Spectacle Island."


Nearly 400 people joined us on our September trip, so reserve your space now and read about it here

The trip will board the Provincetown II at 9:30 AM and depart at 10:00 AM from the Bay State Cruise Company's dock at the World Trade Center in South Boston, and return to the dock at 2:30 PM. It is easy to get to the boat by car or the MBTA's Silver Line. 

There will be plenty of time for exploring, hiking, and treasure hunting on the island, though we gently remind you to leave sea glass and artifacts on the beach where you found them. 

Though the snack bar on Spectacle Island is closed for the season, there will be refreshments available for sale on the boat. We suggest you pack a picnic lunch to bring with you on the trip, as well as a bag for your trash. 

Also keep in mind that the weather is often cooler on the water and the islands, so dress in warm layers!


We will be teaching everyone our favorite sea shanty, "Haul Away Joe", then encouraging all guests to come up with an original verse of their own. Sing your verse for a Save the Harbor staff member, or take a video of you singing your verse and share it with us on our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savetheharbor or sent it to us by email at info@savetheharbor.org

We'll pick our favorite renditions of "Haul Away Joe" from the trip and post them on our blog, "Sea, Sand and Sky" at www.blog.savetheharbor.org.

Any brave soul that enters the contest will receive a blue beach glass marble and a chance to win a round trip ticket to any non-stop domestic destination from JetBlue Airways as part of our "Simply Marble-ous" treasure hunt, which runs through Halloween.

Reservations are required. 
Though there is plenty of room on the boat, space is still limited, so please RSVP to gaylord@savetheharbor.org or call Amy at (617) 451-2860 x1008 to reserve your place! Please give us an accurate headcount so that we can accommodate as many guests as possible. 

So bring a camera, a picnic lunch and your friends and family and enjoy a great day in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park with Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay!

We hope to see you on Boston Harbor on the 25th! 



Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Distrigas/GDF SUEZ, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Ludcke Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation II.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Chiofaro Company, The Fallon Company, Hampshire House Corporation – Cheers for Children, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, William E & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and the Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Baystate Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, BCYF Curley Community Center, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA, Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Carnival Foundation, Clippership Foundation, Circle Furniture, Community-Suffolk, Inc., Department of Conversation and Recreation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation,Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, Goulston & Storrs, HYM Investment Group Inc., Lovett Woodsum Family Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, National Park Service, Rowan Murphy & Andus Baker, P&G Gillette, Reebok Foundation, Santander Bank Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Red Sox Foundation, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Senior Housing Property Trust, TD Charitable Foundation, YMCA of Greater Boston, and hundreds of individual donors.

We would also like to thank our Better Beaches Program funding partners for their support, including the more than 500 participants in the 2014 Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash and: 

Comcast Massachusetts
Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
Harpoon Brewery
JetBlue Airways
Mass Bay Credit Union
National Grid
P&G Gillette
Russo Marine
UBER

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,
visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org, join savetheharbor on Facebook or follow savetheharbor on Twitter

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

400 Join Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay for our 1st Free Fall Cruise to Spectacle Island

On Saturday, September 29th, 400 people from across the city and around the region joined Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay for a free cruise to discover the Treasures of Spectacle Island.



It was warm and sunny as the day began at Bay State Cruise Company's dock at the World Trade Center in South Boston. On the short trip to the island participants heard from Save the Harbor's Bay Watcher Bruce Berman about the history of the harbor, the Boston Harbor clean up and the transformation of Spectacle Island from a dumpsite into one of the most popular destinations in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park.

Daniela and Stephanie from EnerNOC enjoy some time in the sun
Onboard the Provincetown II, Save the Harbor shared their favorite sea shanty, Haul Away Joe, with the crowd. "This song teaches us a timeless lesson. When we all pull in the same direction we can get almost anything done." said Berman.

 A few brave souls wrote and sang their own verses to the song. Everyone who wrote a verse and shared their song received a blue marble and the chance to win a round trip ticket from JetBlue Airways to any nonstop destination they serve from Logan airport as part of the "Simply Marble-ous Treasure Hunt" which runs through Halloween. (You can find out more about the contest here)

James Nicoleau from Allston, who works on the Fish Pier,  joined us for a day of fun with his family! 

Once on the island, DCR Rangers led groups on a tour of the island, where they had a chance to learn about the fascinating history of Spectacle Island and local wildlife. Amy, Ian and Rachel from Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay spent their day along the shore helping beachcombers discover and interpret the many treasures and artifacts found on the beach.


Lungowe, Grace, and Chawanzi Muwina from
Chelsea enjoyed searching for beach glass during their day on Spectacle Island 

Amy Gaylord, Staff Assistant at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, played a large part in getting the 400 kids and families out to Spectacle Island for the free cruise. "It was a beautiful day to share the harbor with teens and families from all over Greater Boston. First-time visitors and frequenters of Spectacle Island enjoyed hunting on the beach for artifacts, hiking to the top of the North Drumlin for views of the city, and even swimming at the beach in the 80 degree weather!"  



Giles Parker, the Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation
 Area, with Bruce Berman, Save the Harbor's Bay Watcher 

Giles Parker, Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, joined us for the trip and enjoyed a great hike to the top of Spectacle Island as well as a tasty striped bass salad provided by Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay’s Bay Watcher, Bruce Berman. "It's great to see all of Boston represented on this boat," Parker said. “I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than enjoying a cruise on the Boston Harbor and exploring one of Boston’s favorite Harbor Islands!” 


It was a beautiful day spent on Boston Harbor!

Everyone who took part agreed that it was a great day on Boston Harbor and Spectacle Island.

 Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay will host another free fall cruise to Spectacle Island on Saturday, October 25th to celebrate another great season on Boston Harbor. 
If you would like to join Save the Harbor/Save the Bay on the 25th, please RSVP to gaylord@savetheharbor.org.

Make a contribution here if you would like to support Save the Harbor's free events, such as this one. 

Save the Harbor's free youth environmental education and family programs are made possible with Leadership Grants from Bay State Cruise Company, Distrigas/GDF SUEZ, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Ludcke Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation II.

Save the Harbor is grateful for Partnership Grants from Forrest Berkley & Marcie Tyre Berkley, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, The Chiofaro Company, The Fallon Company, Hampshire House Corporation – Cheers for Children, John Hancock Financial Services, Inc., Massachusetts Bay Lines, Massachusetts Port Authority, National Grid Foundation, P&G Gillette, William E & Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust, and the Clinton H. & Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust.

Save the Harbor also appreciates funding support from Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Baystate Federal Savings Charitable Foundation, BCYF Curley Community Center, Blue Hills Bank Foundation, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, BOMA, Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Carnival Foundation, Clippership Foundation, Circle Furniture, Community-Suffolk, Inc., Department of Conversation and Recreation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation,Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation, Goulston & Storrs, HYM Investment Group Inc., Lovett Woodsum Family Foundation, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, National Park Service, Rowan Murphy & Andus Baker, P&G Gillette, Reebok Foundation, Santander Bank Foundation, South Boston Community Development Foundation, Thomas & Lucinda Foley, Red Sox Foundation, Lawrence J. & Anne Rubenstein Foundation, Senior Housing Property Trust, TD Charitable Foundation, YMCA of Greater Boston, and hundreds of individual donors.

We would also like to thank our Better Beaches Program funding partners for their support, including the more than 500 participants in the 2014 Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash and: 

Comcast Massachusetts
Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
Harpoon Brewery
JetBlue Airways
Mass Bay Credit Union
National Grid
P&G Gillette
Russo Marine
UBER

For more information about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,
visit our website at www.savetheharbor.org, join savetheharbor on Facebook or follow savetheharbor on Twitter

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

And The First Winner Is...


Tiffany Found Her Marble and So Can You!

In September Save the Harbor selected our first JetBlue ticket winner in our "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt -Tiffany Wallace-Buckley!! She found her blue marble on Carson Beach during the South Boston Neighborhood House Family Fun Night with her seven year old daughter, who loves to look for sea shells, beach glass, and other treasures along the shore!


"We love to go to the beach in South Boston and to the Boston Harbor Islands. Thanks to Save the Harbor and the South Boston Neighborhood House for making Boston a great place for kids and families like mine."

Tiffany will be using her round trip JetBlue ticket to visit their family in Texas! 

Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay has partnered with JetBlue Airways again this year for the 3rd Annual "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt- and it's still going on! If you find a cobalt blue marble on your favorite beach from Nahant to Nantasket by October 31st, just take a photo of yourself with your marble and post it on Save the Harbor's facebook page or e-mail it to info@savetheharbor.org


Please include your name, contact information, and which beach you found your marble on. You could win a round-trip ticket from JetBlue Airways to any domestic destination they serve from Boston's Logan Airport! 





“The Simply Marble-ous Treasure Hunt is a favorite among JetBlue’s more than 2,500 crewmembers in Boston, many of whom volunteer locally for a variety of worthy causes including Save The Harbor/Save The Bay” said Ronda Ivy McLeod, Manager of Regional Marketing, Northeast at JetBlue Airways. “The treasure hunt exemplifies our fun value, while also highlighting our commitment to the city of Boston.”

Bruce Berman, Director of Communications at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay said, “At Save the Harbor we’re always looking for ways to get people to take a fresh look at the Boston Harbor. JetBlue Airways’ support helps to make that possible. One of the reasons this contest is such a success is because JetBlue is such a great partner. Fun is one of their core values and you can see that in the way they treat their community partners, employees and customers.” 

The "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt began in 2012 on the beaches of South Boston with a beach clean up sponsored by JetBlue in partnership with the Massachusetts DCR. In just a few short hours, more than 100 people did 5 weeks worth of work cleaning up the beaches. At the end of the day, the participants released their marbles into the water for Boston beach-goers to find.


We will be picking one more winner on Halloween following our last cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands on October 25th to celebrate the end of the season! There are still plenty of marbles to be found around the beaches from Nahant to Nantasket so be sure to keep your eye out while you take your crisp fall walks along beautiful Boston Harbor! 

-Kelly Randall-

Blue Cross Blue Shield Service Day


On Wednesday, September 17th, 80 employees from Blue Cross Blue Shield joined Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay in South Boston for its 4th annual day of service.


The “Blue Crew” were part of a statewide corporate service day in which teams participate in various community service projects to help give back to the Massachusetts communities.

Site coordinator, Jay Stack, led the efforts of the 80 Blue Cross Blue Shield employees in South Boston at Carson Beach, M Street Beach, and K Street Beach in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay staff.  South Boston’s eight teams accomplished a great deal of work throughout the day from Pleasure Bay to the McCormack Bath House removing weeds and overgrowth, trimming hedges, painting shade shelters, and returning sand back to the beaches.

The Blue Crew sweeping sand back onto M Street Beach
Their efforts were most apparent along M Street Beach where the crews worked tirelessly to shovel, sweep, and blow the sand over the wall and back onto the beach. Additionally, at K Street Beach where invasive overgrowth along the Curley Community Center was manually removed and a large amount of debris was collected.

Laura Torino, a second-year participant, worked hard removing weeds and debris from Carson Beach. “I live in Quincy and I truly enjoy visiting Boston’s beaches in my spare time,” she said.  “I feel this was a great opportunity to give something back to the community and help keep Boston’s beaches in their beautiful state.”

Laura Torino picking up trash along Carson Beach in South Boston

By the end of the day the “Blue Crew” removed three truckloads of brush and debris, painted 19 shade shelters, and removed an immense amount of sand from outside M Street Beach.

Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy, Communications, and Programs at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay, was impressed with what the “Blue Crew” had accomplished in such a short amount of time. “We are glad to have Blue Cross Blue Shield as a partner for their day of service,” he said. “We value their continued support and commitment to our community and mission to protect the Boston Harbor and its surrounding beaches.”

Thank you to everyone who took part in this great event on the beaches of South Boston. All of us at Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay appreciate your hard work and dedication to our mission and our community.