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Coonamessett Farm Foundation's (CFF) mission is to conduct scientific research and educational projects that support sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, and agricultural industries.

What's new at CFF?

5 / 15 / 23

CFF board member Cheryl Milliken (right) was awarded the Massachusetts 2023 Marine Educator Award at the Massachusetts Marine Educators annual conference in Woods Hole. Cheryl has taught marine ecology and other STEM topics for the last 20 years at Falmouth High School. We are very grateful to have Cheryl on our board and we're ecstatic she is getting the recognition she deserves for her outstanding work! Pictured here with Grace Simpkins (left), Woods Hole Sea Grant Education Coordinator for MA.

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5 / 10 / 23

A beautiful day for a HabCam calibration! Led by research biologist Tasha O'Hara, the HabCam team set off to the Sundance tank at WHOI last week for some pre-season testing for a multiyear system upgrade which began this year #habcamszn

4 / 12 / 23

Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, April 26th from 4-8PM CFF will be partnering with @aquaticbrewing and @sippewissettoysters to bring you BEER, OYSTERS, and SCIENCE! Our very own Dr. Samir Patel will be presenting his work on loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles with a focus on tracking information and video footage. We hope to see you there!

Samir & turtle
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4 / 5 / 23

To prep for an upcoming scallop enhancement trip, some of our researchers got to test out the "scallop ear hanging drill." The goal for the upcoming trip is to tag 10,000 scallops in Closed Area I. They had a little competition in teams of 3 and got faster as they practiced. Go team!

tagged scallop
scallop tagging
scallop tagging
tagged scallops
scallop tagging
3 / 27 / 2023

Team turtle is back on land after a successful trip to North Carolina. They were able to tag nine loggerheads and one Kemp’s ridley sea turtle - our first Kemp’s ridley with a satellite tag! They also returned several cold stunned turtles back to their preferred warmer waters. If you’re curious what these tagged turtles are up to, you can check out their whereabouts here: . Huge thanks to all our collaborators: Lindsay Dubbs with Coastal Studies Institute,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, and the captain and crew of F/V Salvation for all their help!

loggerhead sea turtle tagging
loggerhead sea turtle tagging & release
cold-stunned sea turtle release
cold-stunned sea turtle release
3 / 8 / 2023

It’s international women’s day! We are incredibly proud to show off our amazing and intelligent women here at CFF! Emily, Luisa, Tasha, Taylor, Tori, Natalie, Halley, Kelly, Liese and Allison, thank you for all the work you do, we celebrate you today and everyday!

CFF celebrates International Women's Day
Sustaining Sea Scallops Documentary Film

Our feature film, Sustaining Sea Scallops, is now available online!  Check out the promo clip here.

Watch the full documentary to learn how the collaborative research model embraced by CFF helped a flagging scallop fishing industry rebound.



CFF's Amazon Smile

Designate CFF as your charity at Smile Amazon and support our research every time you shop! Click the image above to visit Coonamessett Farm Foundation's Amazon Smile page.


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