Mission Statement To
promote and foster understanding and stewardship of
coastal ecosystems through research and education
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
Cooperative alliances with institutions such as
Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation,
The Wildlife Conservation
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
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.
CRESLI is now also a member of the
Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) of the
South Shore Estuary
The CAC’s purpose “is
to integrate the stakeholder concerns in the planning and
decision-making process and to encourage pub-lic education
- To stimulate public interest in and to encourage
conservation of coastal ecosystems through education programs for
schools and public and private organizations.
- To foster a lifelong appreciation of and sense
of stewardship towards coastal ecosystems through our programs, outreach
activities and membership.
- To conduct research that will enable greater
understanding of coastal ecosystems and to disseminate this information
through scientific publications and conferences and meetings.
- To provide research and educational
opportunities to students wishing to pursue educational interests or
careers in coastal studies.
- To support marine mammal and sea turtle
stranding programs which respond to stranded marine mammals and turtles
with the goal of rehabilitating these animals for release back to the
- To be a regional, national and international
resource on marine mammal, sea turtle and pelagic bird species and their
environments for researchers, educators and policy makers.
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
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.
CRESLI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Biographies of CRESLI Board
Arthur Kopelman, Ph.D., President
Amanda Johnson, Treasurer
CRESLI is a non profit organization as defined in section 501 (c)
(3) of the Internal Revenue Code