Monday, February 4, 2019

POSTPONED: Metropolitan Beaches Commission to Hold Public Hearing

Due to inclement weather this MBC hearing has been postponed and will be rescheduled. A new date will be published here.

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) will hold nine public hearings in the winter and spring of 2019 in waterfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket to receive public input about the state of the beaches. The first hearing will be held in Hull on Tuesday February 12, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Nantasket Beach Resort and Hotel at 45 Hull Shore Road. 

“The region’s public beaches are important recreational, economic, and educational assets,” said State Senator Brendan Crighton, Senate Co-Chair of the MBC. “Working together we have made our beaches cleaner, safer and more accessible, and I am looking forward to continuing our work together this year.”

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission was created in 2006 by the Massachusetts Legislature to make findings and recommendations on ways to strengthen the Boston metropolitan region's 15 public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull which are managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Commission is comprised of elected officials and community, civic, nonprofit, and business leaders from Boston and the metropolitan region's waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities.

“Nantasket Beach is not only an incredible space for recreation in our community, but an economic driver as well,” said State Representative Joan Meschino. “The Metropolitan Beaches Commission has done important work to ensure that we have the resources we need to maintain and improve the area. I look forward to seeing neighbors, residents, and anyone who visits and loves Nantasket Beach at the hearing on the 12th so that we can hear from you.”

In 2013, the Commission reconvened to examine the impacts of the reforms and recommendations made in its first report and issue additional findings and recommendations to better leverage these resources for residents in the future. The MBC was made permanent in 2015. Each year the Commission holds public hearings at the State House and in waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket, and issues an annual report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature and to DCR.

“As the Commissioner from Revere Beach, the nation’s first public beach, I know how important these resources are,” said State Representative RoseLee Vincent, House Co-Chair of the MBC. “Beaches like Revere Beach are premier destinations for millions of visitors from across the Commonwealth and the country, and enhance the lives of the community members who live along their shores.”

The Commission will release its third report on the state of the metropolitan beaches in late spring after the hearings are completed. During the last round of hearings more than a thousand people participated, helping the Commission understand what’s working and what could use improvement.

“One of the most important lessons we have learned is that the region’s residents really love their beaches, and have great ideas about how to make them better,” said Bruce Berman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, which has helped to lead and manage the Commission since its inception. “We look forward to hearing from the residents of Hull and all

Each hearing will give community members and beach goers the chance to share their thoughts on the state of their beach, and share their ideas and recommendations to make them even better. The Commission will hold a hearing in late May to review its draft findings with the public before releasing their final report in June. The Commission will hold hearings in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, and Hull between February and May 2019. The MBC held a hearing in Quincy in August of 2018, and the feedback received will also be included in the Commission’s report.

The 2019 Metropolitan Beaches Commission hearings will be held on the following dates:
  • Tuesday February 12th – Hull 
  • Tuesday March 19th – Lynn and Nahant 
  • Saturday March 30th – Dorchester 
  •  Tuesday April 9th – East Boston 
  • Tuesday April 30th – Revere 
  •  Tuesday May 14th – Winthrop 
  •  Saturday May 18th – Regional Review 
  • Tuesday June 4th – Report Release at State House 
If you love your beach, but can't attend the MBC Hearing, you can share your thoughts by taking part in the MBC online survey at
those who love Nantasket Beach.”

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Take The Plunge! 2019 Harpoon Shamrock Splash

Join us on Sunday, March 10, for the Harpoon Shamrock Splash plunge and pledge fundraiser and beach party at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston.

Brave participants will splash into the clean, cold water to raise funds for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)’s Better Beaches Program. This program funds free events on the region’s beaches in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.
Brave participants at the 2018 Harpoon Shamrock Splash prepare to splash into the water at M Street Beach to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR's Better Beaches Program. 

Last year, more than 150 participants made the splash and raised more than $50,000 for the Better Beaches Program. The success of the Splash allowed Save the Harbor and DCR to award Better Beaches grants to 36 community groups who held more than 150 free events on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

“For me, the beach season begins in March with a quick dip into the cool clean water of Boston Harbor on the cleanest urban beach in the country at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash” said Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Director of Strategy and Communications Bruce Berman. “Clean water, cold beer, hot chowder and the chance to win great prizes while raising funds for a great cause with good friends. Sometimes, life truly is a beach.”

This year’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash begins with registration and check-in 11 a.m. and the signature splash at 12:00 p.m. The day includes a costume contest, awards ceremony, and beach party. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best shamrock attire.

The Life’s a Beach Festival at Carson Beach featured performers from the Boston Circus Guild, storytelling pirates,
beach games, and swimming and kayaking lessons. 

Early registration is just $20, while same day registration is $25, and includes a refreshing beer from Harpoon Brewery, hot chowder from the Daily Catch and refreshments on the beach. Those who raise more than $250 will get a Harpoon pint glass, and those who raise more than $500 will receive Harpoon apparel.

“For 32 years, it has been important to the Employee Owners of Harpoon to be a good neighbors,” said Harpoon Brewery President Charlie Storey, who has taken part in the event since the beginning. “That starts with our neighborhood, right here on Boston Harbor and on our public beaches. We’re honored to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and can’t wait to brave the cold water on March 10th— and to drink some great beers afterwards!”

Splashers braved the cold water during the 2018 Shamrock Splash. 

There are plenty of chances to win round-trip flights from splash sponsor JetBlue as well. The top two fundraisers, the winners of the costume contest and the person who receives the most donations will each win a pair of round-trip tickets from JetBlue to any non-stop destination they fly to in the continental United States from Logan Airport. All registered participants will be entered into a raffle for a pair of tickets as well. Those that raise more than $500 will be entered into a separate elite raffle as well.

“At JetBlue, we’re proud to support the local causes and organizations our crewmembers and customers are most passionate about,” said Ronda McLeod, regional marketing manager, JetBlue. “With more than 3,000 crewmembers in Boston, we’re committed to the community and are thrilled to be a part of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the work they’re doing to the region’s public beaches.”

You can register for this year’s Harpoon Shamrock Splash at

Monday, January 21, 2019

Harpoon Shamrock Splash Fundraising Toolbox

Dear ___________,

On Sunday March 10th, I will be plunging into the cold water of Boston Harbor at the Harpoon Shamrock Splash to raise money for free and fun programs and events like circuses, camps and concerts for over one million kids and families on Boston's public beaches!

Will you sponsor my Splash and help me raise money for this great cause? When you donate, you are entered to win a round trip flight on JetBlue. PAGE HERE)

If you want to get in on the fun, join me on March 10th for a cold beer, hot chowder and chances to win great prizes from Harpoon and JetBlue.

Donate or sign up at

Thank you, and hope to see you on the beach.

2018 Splashers taking the plunge

2018 Splash Costume Contest

About Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

The Harpoon Shamrock Splash benefits Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Better Beaches Program. Since 2008, the Better Beaches Program has brought millions of people to the region's public beaches by funding nearly 650 free events and programs including the Revere Sandcastle Competition, the Boston Circus Guild, Olliepalooza, and dozens of other free concerts, camps, family fun nights, and block parties. In addition, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is the region’s leading voice for clean water and continued public investment in Boston Harbor, the region's public beaches, and the Boston Harbor Islands, and the Boston Harbor Connection for the region’s youth, teens and families, serving another 30,000 people a year with their free Youth Environmental Education Programs and cruises to the Boston Harbor Islands.
Boston Circus Guild at a Better Beaches Event

Youth group learning the art of sand raking from Andres Amador 

Boston Circus Guild performing at a Better Beaches Event

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Alberto Bernard - Marketing and Design Intern


My Name is Alberto Bernard and I will be your new Marketing and Design Intern. I am from Providence, Rhode Island and my family hails from the small island of the Dominican Republic. As the first member of my family to graduate from college, I strive to do great and to be great. After graduating from the New England Institute of Art, I took time off from my career to take care of my family, taking odd jobs here and there. I have no regrets, but I feel like it's time that I focused on my career and take the next step forward in my life.

I am here to make something I'm proud of. It's my sole reason for making art and my sole reason for working as hard as I do. I am here to design and help grow the aesthetic elements for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. My efforts shall be focused on social media growth, event promoting, and modernizing the the overall look of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. In my time here I am sure I can work with everyone to make good work.

In my youth I benefited from after school programs; I saw first hand how important and impactful a program of that nature can be, and I found myself working along side them. In some regards, this led to all my work experience in child care and social outreach: from Jr. Staff in middle school, to substitute teaching at a preschool during college. My current job is that of an after school art teacher.

At Save the Harbor,  I understand how these programs are funded and what it takes to get them running. Save the Harbor does good work and I feel that working with them, I can be proud of what I do.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

New Intern - Eve Liberatore

Hello there!

My name is Eve Liberatore and I'm so excited to start my new journey as Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's 2019 Environmental Policy intern! I'm currently in grad school at Umass Dartmouth in the Environmental Policy program, and it's such a privilege to be able to learn and glean real-world experience at the same time. I've always been an environmentally minded individual, but in the last few years I've really been honing in on exactly what that means. Sure, I can say that I recycle and try to keep a sustainable diet, but that just isn't good enough anymore - I realized that I needed to become involved on a higher level, and that's where SHSB comes in!

While I love sunbathing and boogie boarding as much as the next gal (which is to say, a lot!), that's not why I chose to work with an organization dedicated to the ocean specifically; it'll sound a bit corny, but the reason I feel so strongly that preserving and protecting the oceans is because, to me, the ocean is the great elemental force driving our planet. Shore to shore, the oceans belong to everyone and no one (which is of course metaphorical, because as a policy major I can tell you that that is super not true, but anyway...) For me, the ocean is the ultimate reminder that we are all connected. And so, it's in the interest of this connection, of preserving the health of the planet we all call home, that I am so honored to join up with SHSB.

I've lived just outside Boston all my life, and in a city with such fierce civic pride, the harbor truly is the beating heart of the city. From walks along the North End (on the way to Mike's Pastry, obviously) to the fresh seafood at any of Boston's many fine restaurants, there are opportunities to appreciate the ocean here every day. It is my hope, that by working with SHSB, I can use my skills to help bring this sense of appreciation to the public that they serve!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Releases this Year’s List of Seven Sustainable Fish to Serve at the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve

Thursday night brought the 7 Artists & 7 Fishes Event to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Pop-Up Museum in the North End to celebrate both the sea and sustainable seafood with local artists and chefs. Visitors came from Boston communities near and far to celebrate the gallery opening set up by Save the Harbor’s artist in residence Robyn Reed, and to try out the tasty recipes prepared by chef Basil Freddura of The Daily Catch restaurant.
Group Photo of guests, artists, chefs, and Save the Harbor Staff.

Bruce Berman, director of strategy and communications at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, kicked off the event by introducing the driving message behind the festivities. “Each year, dietary guidelines call for Americans to eat more fish. With so many species under pressure, we feel it is important to share our list of the seven sustainable, available, and delicious species of fish to serve at the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes this Christmas Eve.” The fish on the list this year includes farmed oysters, mussels, shrimp and salmon raised in the USA, Gulf of Maine or Georges Bank haddock, black sea bass caught by hand line, rod and reel or fish pots, and loligo squid – better known as calamari.
Chef Basil Freddura of the Daily Catch frying up some calamari.

The focus of the feast was on the loligo squid, as the Daily Catch prepared calamari seven different ways. Chef Basil Freddura noted that he “aims to inspire others to be creative with their cooking by taking advantage of the first certified sustainable squid fishery in the world.” His menu included calamari meatballs, fried calamari, calamari scampi, grilled calamari, marinated calamari salad, stuffed calamari, and squid ink bruchetta aglio olio. Many of the guests only were familiar with fried calamari going into the event, and the spread had them going back for more until they had tried all seven dishes.
Three of the seven offerings of loligo squid.

Surrounding the calamari feast was an array of environmental art featuring the Changing Course installation by North End artist Robyn Reed. The exhibit features fish made from painted plastic water bottles collected from the neighborhood and produced by participants in Save the Harbor’s free youth and beach programs to spark discussion about reducing the amount of plastic in the ocean.
North End artist Robyn Reed's "Changing Course" Exhibit.

In addition to Reed’s piece, the interactive exhibit included rope sculptures from Alex Buchanan, paintings by Helen Kamins, drawings, sculpture and music by Justice McDaniel, intertidal art by Andres Amador, visual art by Olga Karyakina, and the Boston Harbor Mural by Guillermo Erice. Reed reflected on the artists and their work who were in attendance Thursday night in saying that she “chose these artists because of [their] shared passion for the ocean and that they all agree on that a clean safe ocean is what they need to continue to inspire their work.” 

Artists, Chefs, and Save the Harbor staff gather before the event begins. Top Row From Left to Right: Ashley Freddura, Basil Freddura, Alex Buchanan, Robyn Reed, Helen Kamins, Justice McDaniel, Mark Rose. Bottom Row: Kristen Barry, Trevor Etheridge, Shaquan McDowell, Chris Mancini.
Save the Harbor would like to thank Robyn Reed and the artists who donated their time and work, Chef Basil Freddura and the Daily Catch, and our partners at Rockpoint Group and Rockhill Management for their enthusiastic support for this celebration of the sea and sustainable seafood. With more than 100 guests in attendance, Christine Pulsifer from Rockhill Management remarked that "the art, food and visitors brought the space to life."
Guests enjoy the art surrounding the feast.

The Boston Harbor Pop-Up brings the harbor, the islands and the beach to the heart of the city for everyone to enjoy. Kids of all ages can explore the harbor, create sand art, color murals, sing sea shanties, and pose for a picture with a big striped bass. It also includes fish prints, photographs and videos created by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Youth Environmental Education program staff.
Christine Pulsifer from Rockhill Management and Save the Harbor Staff posing with the striped bass.
From Left to right: Christine Pulsifer, Abel Yohannes, Mark Rose, Chris Mancini.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Boston Harbor Pop-Up Museum is located at 226 Causeway Street, right next to Title Boxing Club, at the corner of North Washington Street. It is open daily from 10-4pm, and Sundays from 12-4pm.

For more information, or to arrange to bring your school or youth group to the museum, send an email to or call 617-451-2860.

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Holiday Season at Save The Harbor

Hello Everyone, I'm Back!
A few curious kids learning about lobster at Atlantic Wharf.
On Saturday, December 1st I helped out with an amazing event called Holly-Day on the Harbor at Atlantic Wharf. There was music, food, art, a lobster (courtesy of Save The Harbor), and most importantly a bunch of excited kids. This was the first event I had worked since the summer, and it felt really good to be back with Save The Harbor. During this event I was mostly working the lobster station, trying to recruit sometimes hesitant kids to look at and hold our lobster. While some kids were scared of the lobsters and had to be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, there were also a few really eager kids who were all over the lobster the second they saw it. Once I got the kids to come to our station I would tell them some cool facts about lobsters and would answer any of the questions they may have had. Along with the lobster, we also had Robyn Reed with us who used old plastic bottles to create artwork. This was a huge hit with the kids, and I'm sure the ocean is also thankful for Robyn's work.

This past Thursday I was also able to help out at the 7 Artists, 7 Fishes event at the Pop-Up museum celebrating the release of the 7 sustainable fishes list to prepare at the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. During this time I was able to see some really amazing artwork created by Robyn Reed and other environmental artists. I was also able to enjoy some of the delicious calamari which Chef Basil from the Daily Catch prepared seven different ways, and was able to catch up with some Save The Harbor alumni. I was working the event so I did have to help out with various tasks, but I enjoyed the celebration and I thought it was one of the best events I have worked during my time at Save The Harbor. 
Christine, Mark, Chris and I posing in the striped bass photo booth at the Pop-Up.
It was great to be a part of Save the Harbor's winter events, and share the harbor with adults and kids alike outside of the summer months.

Until Next Time,
Abel Yohannes

From Pirates to Calamari: Winter Events with Save the Harbor

My week at Save the Harbor was full of excitement and new opportunities, as I attended three different winter events spanning from Winthrop to Boston's seaport. During my first event, I attended a conference about a book on pirates during the 1700s written by author Eric Jay Dolin. To kick off the event, we taught the guests in attendance the sea shanty Haul Away Joe to get them in the pirate spirit. Dolin went into detail explaining how Hollywood has romanticized the thoughts of pirates and how the actual life of a pirate wasn't what was shown on the big screen. The author explained in a hour long conference the thought behind his book and stated misconceptions about pirates. The event was an extremely interesting and I enjoyed every second on it.

Ashley, Chris, Kristen and I teaching sea shanties to the guests in Winthrop.

        The second event I worked was Holly-Day on the Harbor at Waterfront Square near South Station at which we set up a stand in order to help kids celebrate Christmas on the harbor. There were lots of things for the children to do including a music session in which many kids participated in. Kids were able to look at the touch tank to observe a two pound lobster and they had the chance to dress up as a pirate. Kids also worked with our artist in residence, Robyn Reed, to paint water bottles to contribute to her Changing Course exhibit. This was definitely one of the most exciting events I've been to because it flew by extremely quickly while I listened to holiday music sung by the musical guests.

A view from above of the activities at Holly Day on the Harbor at Waterfront Square.

This past Thursday, I attended the 7 Artists, 7 Fishes event at the Boston Harbor Pop-Up museum in the North End, featuring many environmental artists and tasty calamari prepared seven ways.  This event was exciting because there was a lot of people who came to learn about what we were doing at Save the Harbor/Save the bay and it was incredible seeing so many people interesting in the release of the 7 sustainable fishes to prepare at the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The best part of the event was the food that was catered and prepared by Chef Basil of the Daily Catch, as it was extremely delicious and I could not help myself from going back for more.

A glimpse of the art surrounding the guests at the Pop-Up 7 Artists, 7 Fishes event.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my week at Save the Harbor, as each event was exciting to attend. It is great to get to share Save the Harbor's work with kids and adults alike in the winter months.

Until next time,

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mass Bay Outfall Monitoring Conference

On Tuesday, November 13 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Outfall Monitoring Science Advisory Panel (OMSAP), the Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and MIT Sea Grant College Program hosted a conference: 2300 Days at Sea: Monitoring the Impacts of the Massachusetts Bay Outfall.  

This conference, which was chaired by Dr. Judy Pederson of MIT, brought together scientists, advocates, policy makers, academics, and citizens to review nearly 30 years of ambient monitoring at the Massachusetts Bay outfall pipe and begin to discuss what a future monitoring program should look like.

At the conference Dr. Betsy Reilly Director of Environmental Quality, Water and Wastewater at the MWRA gave an update on the 33 questions included in the original monitoring plan and the results to date. Dr. Mark Smith from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection spoke about emerging contaminants. Dr. Juliet Simpson from the MIT Sea Grant College Program spoke about climate change and the impacts on the ocean. Dr. Michael Connor, former Director of the Environmental Quality Department at the MWRA and current General Manager of the East Bay Dischargers Authority in San Fransisco, gave the keynote address at the conference on best practices in regional monitoring programs.

Conference attendees dived into each of these topics in breakout groups, discussing what questions have been asked and answered through monitoring to date, how the warmer, deeper, more stormy ocean of the future will impact what monitoring is needed, and how to address concerns regarding emerging contaminants including micro-plastics and pharmaceuticals.

In the coming weeks, OMSAP and PIAC will conduct a careful review the information we gathered on Tuesday and release a conference report with specific recommendations that will continue to ensure that the improvements to Boston Harbor do not come at the expense of Mass Bay or Cape Cod.

You can find out more about the conference at

If you would like a copy of the conference report when it is released, please email

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Plans 9 Public Hearings In 2019

After a winter of wicked strong storms that caused erosion and other damages to beaches up and down the coast, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission held a hearing at the State House to hear from DCR about plans for the summer. This hearing also featured testimony from Mayor Brian Arrigo of Revere and Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy. Commissioner Roy gave updates on the storm clean up, the metro beaches budget for the summer, the lifeguard and other staffing plans, as well as events planned for the 125th anniversary celebration of DCR. You can read our full recap of this hearing here.

Then in August, the MBC kicked off its latest round of public hearings with one in Quincy, home to DCR’s Wollaston Beach. About 50 residents attended the hearing and shared their thoughts, concerns, and ideas regarding capital improvement, events and programs, connections to the beach, amenities, and other needs and opportunities with the Commission. You can read the full meeting minutes for the hearing in Quincy here.

These listening sessions will continue in the winter and spring from Nahant to Nantasket. The MBC is called to report regularly on the state of the metro beaches, as well as to make recommendations for improvements and management best practices. The MBC will be releasing its latest report in summer 2019. The public hearings that are scheduled are a crucial part of that report. The list of dates for these 2019 hearings are below, with the community locations still in the process of being determined. Please check back or follow us on Facebook to stay updated on the meetings happening in your community, and/or regarding your favorite beach! 
  • Tuesday January 29th 6:00-8:00pm - Community TBD
  • Tuesday February 12th 6:00-8:00pm - Community TBD
  • Tuesday February 26th 6:00-8:00pm - Community TBD
  • Tuesday March 19th 6:00-8:00pm - Lynn and Nahant
  • Tuesday April 9th 6:00-8:00pm - Community TBD
  • Tuesday April 30th 6:00-8:00pm - Revere
  • Tuesday May 14th 6:00-8:00pm – Community TBD
  • Saturday, May 18th 10:00am-12:00pm - Regional Hearing, “Did we get it right?” at UMass Harbor Campus
  • Tuesday June 4th 10:00-12:00 - Public Hearing and Report Release at the State House
The Metropolitan Beaches Commission was created in 2006 by the Massachusetts Legislature to take an in-depth look at the Boston metropolitan region's 15 public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull which are managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

About the MBC

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission is comprised of elected officials and community, civic, nonprofit, and business leaders from Boston and the metropolitan region's waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities. Its work is facilitated by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, which has served as lead consultant to the Commission since its inception.

In 2013, the Commission reconvened to examine the impacts of the reforms and recommendations made in its first report and issue additional findings and recommendations to better leverage these resources for residents in the future. The Metropolitan Beaches Commission was made permanent in 2015. Each year the Commission holds public hearings at the State House and in waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket, and issues an annual report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature and to DCR.

To read more about the MBC, including a list of Commissioners and copies of previous reports, visit

If you have questions, comments, or concerns that you would like to bring to the MBC's attention, please email, call Save the Harbor at 617-451-2860, or contact your State Representative or State Senator's office.

Share the Harbor cruises help meet demand for access to Harbor Islands

In 2018 Save the Harbor/Save the Bay hosted 11 free "Share the Harbor" cruises to Spectacle Island, Georges Island and Boston Light on Bay State Cruise Company's Provincetown II, which truly shared the harbor with residents from every neighborhood in the City of Boston and with the region's residents as well.

Nearly 14,000 people signed up for these free trips, including Marine Mammal Safaris in the spring, summer cruises to Georges and Spectacle Island,  evening trips to Boston Light, and Treasures of Spectacle Island excursions in the fall.


The Share the Harbor season began with Save the Harbor's Marine Mammal Safaris, 90-minute guided inner harbor tours in search of harbor seals, porpoises, and other marine life. Summer kicked off with an evening cruise to Boston Light, home of the first lighthouse in America. July and August featured several trips to both Spectacle Island and Georges Island, home to historic Fort Warren. On these trips Save the Harbor's Youth Environmental Education Program staff provided free activities for visitors.

In the fall we traveled once again to Boston Light, this time with Keeper of the Light Sally Snowman on board to talk about the role and history of the island. Two final cruises to Spectacle Island capped the fall season, including a "Treasures of Spectacle Island" trip as well as a post-season trip in partnership with Boston Harbor Now, the National Park Service, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. This "Fall Frolic" allowed the public to visit after the park had closed for the season, and featured fishing and crabbing, storytelling, kite flying, tours of the island, a live jazz band, and a Junior Ranger swearing in ceremony!

“We are delighted with how the Share the Harbor initiative has been received,” said Chris Mancini, Vice President of Programs and Operations at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “With so much to do and see out on the Harbor we were pleased to be able to share those opportunities with thousands of people this year.”

Save the Harbor would like to thank all our foundation funding partners, corporate sponsors, and the more than 1,000 individual donors who help make our work possible. We would also like to thank our partners at Bay State Cruise Company, The National Park Service, The Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Boston Harbor Now.

Save the Harbor’s “Share the Harbor” cruises are funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.