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The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, was founded in the summer of 1996 by a group of experts in marine mammal science, environmental sciences, education and conservation. CRESLI was formed for the purposes of conducting research, providing educational experiences and promoting conservation of coastal ecosystems. Research and education are inextricably linked in all CRESLI activities. As such, CRESLI actively seeks cooperative alliances with researchers, educational institutions, and the participation of the public. Our pinniped and cetacean research projects, for example, utilize public whale watch cruises and seal walks as platforms for collecting data and educating the public at the same time.
Commercial fishers, pleasure boaters, and the public at large have also been enlisted to provide sighting information used in population and distribution studies. This public participation has not only led to the finding that Long Island's coastlines provide a essential habitat for pinnipeds, cetaceans and sea turtles, but has also fostered greater awareness and appreciation of these animals and their habitats among fishers, boaters and the public.Cooperative alliances with institutions such as Gotham Whale, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, The Wildlife Conservation Society; and CERCOM at Molloy College and others are entirely consistent with CRESLI's mission and purpose. The sharing of resources, and coordination of activities, significantly enhances the opportunities for research and public education.
In 2009, CRESLI was elected an affiliate member of the New York Marine Sciences Consortium
The NY Marine Sciences Consortium is “the voice of New York State’s marine science academic com-munity and strives to influence public policy, communicate science, and increase funding for the marine sciences within New York.
The CAC’s purpose “is to integrate the stakeholder concerns in the planning and decision-making process and to encourage pub-lic education and stewardship.”
FIN WHALE STUDIES: Long term photo-identification for population, distribution and behavioral studies. Data are shared with the Fin Whale Consortium, a consortium of researchers analyzing Fin whale populations in the Northern Atlantic.
GREAT SOUTH CHANNEL HUMPBACK WHALE STUDIES: Long term photo-identification for population, distribution and behavioral studies of humpback whales in the Great South Channel. Data are shared with the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalogue, and the Gulf of Maine Humpback Group, a consortium of researchers analyzing humpback whale populations in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere in the North Atlantic.
SPECIES COMPOSITION AND DISTRIBUTION IN THE NEW YORK BIGHT: an ongoing project since 1979 to determine the diversity of cetaceans which utilize this region.
HARBOR AND GREY SEAL STUDIES: Long term photo-identification of harbor and grey seals at Cupsogue Beach and elsewhere for population, distribution studies.
Arthur Kopelman, Ph.D., President
Maria Brown, Vice President
Amanda Johnson, Treasurer