Swim & Fin Open Water Swim Race
Run for The Beach
School to Sea
North River Awareness
12th Annual Swim & Fin
Sunday, August 20, 9:00am

Open Water Swimming Races

Salem Harbor, Forest River Park, 98 West Ave, Salem, MA;

Join us for SSCW’s annual fundraiser and signature event. It’s very festive and is a great day in the park. There will be music, food, free admission to the park, an underwater touch tank, and of course, races for all ages and levels.

The races are 500 meters, 1 mile and 5k (3.1 miles), with excellent viewing opportunities. For race details and to register will be on swimandfin.org later in the year. 

Register online now for reduced rate or mail in reg form.
Register by July 27th to get an event tee.
Special entry fees for youth 17 and under.


Another Great Event - Sunday, June 11, 2017
the 8th Annual Run Walk for the Beach 5K!

Run on Facebook

Huge Success, Lots of Fun and Friends

Opus Party March 26


Great PARTY at Turners!

25th Anniversary Party

Thank you all for coming to our 25th Anniversary PARTY in 2016!


25th Anniversary Symposium - A Great Success!

Finding Solutions to Our Coastal Challenges

View the presentations


2016 Race for Salem Sound

Run Walk for the Beach 5K! - Sunday, June 12

2016 Run Photos

11th Annual Swim & Fin Open Water Swim
Sunday, August 21

Open water swimming races that celebrate the clean
swimmable waters of Salem Sound.

Swim & Fin 2016 Results and Photos SwimandFin.org

Thank you Race for Salem Sound Sponsors!

Sponsors increased visibility while improving our local environment by sponsoring the 2016 Race for Salem Sound. All proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch and go to stopping water pollution and making our marine natural resources clean and healthy.



"Imagine a World Without Clams: how our New England coastal waters are becoming more acidic

Matt Liebman, Ph.D, Environmental Scientist with the US EPA Region 1 (New England)

"MantaRay - Advancing Research on Marine Debris"

Ethan Edson, research technician for Northeastern University's Marine Science Center, Nahant MA

Now and Then – Eelgrass Distribution and Mapping in Salem Sound

Jill Carr, Fisheries Habitat Specialist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Gloucester MA

Underwater at Devereux Beach

Dr. Jonathan Grabowski, Northeastern University's Marine Science Center, Grabowski Lab, Nahant, MA


"Kelp Forests in Your Back Yard: From Salem Sound to the World"

Dr. Jarrett Byrnes, Assistant Professor of Biology - Marine Ecology; Climate Change Ecology, UMASS Boston

"Talking Trash for Clean Oceans or The Turtle Ate My Grocery Bag"

Keith Cialino, NOAA Northeast Region Marine Debris Coordinator and SSCW Talking Trash for Clean Oceans teens and staff

"The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and
an Epic Journey"

Author Deborah Cramer

This Lecture Series was initially 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 research the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor with a three year study. 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.

Thank you Marblehead Abbot Public Library for sponsoring.

Lecture Series completed for 2015

"On the Rocks - Life Underwater"

Ted Maney, Marine Biologist, Salem State University

"Horseshoe Crabs - The Ancient Blue Bloods"

Dr. Sara Grady, Watershed Ecologist, North & South Rivers Watershed Association

Underwater in Salem Sound Lecture Series:

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

Dr. Lindley Hanson, Professor of Geology, Salem State University


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

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)

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.