Salt water and sun. Fishing, clamming and swimming. The Granite State’s coastline may be short at only 18 miles, but our way of life is still very much tied to the ocean. Our coast still has remnants of tangled forest, grass-covered dunes and coastal creeks teeming with a universe of creatures. Shorebirds travel thousands of miles to feed in our waters. This is where we sail, swim and comb the beaches.
Once, Great Bay and the Seacoast were crawling with shellfish. One could hardly set foot in the shallows without crushing dinner. Vast reefs provided a home for millions and millions of oysters which would, in turn, filter the entire bay every couple of days. Deeper waters in the Gulf of Maine held riches of flounder, haddock and cod, sparking a fishing industry in New England that would become one of the busiest in the world.
Our marine lands and waters still provide Granite State residents and visitors with food, jobs and protection against storms. But their historic abundance is threatened like never before as climate change, unplanned development and unsustainable harvests take a toll.
That's why we are working in partnership with local communities, businesses, government and partner organizations to find solutions that help our marine ecosystems as well as the people, plants and animals that rely on them.
Together we can keep New Hampshire’s oceans and coastal communities healthy, beautiful and productive. But we need your support to make it happen.
The Conservancy and partners recently announced the launch of Great Bay 2020, a new, five-year initiative to protect water quality in the estuary and its watershed.
Oyster reefs are the foundation of healthy bays and estuaries around the world. With your support, we're using innovative techniques to restore oysters to Great Bay and with them, resilient, long-term solutions to issues like erosion and pollution.
The Oyster Conservationist Program volunteer program is vital to the success of our oyster restoration efforts. See how you can play an active role in restoring the health of Great Bay. Join Us
One tiny creature spurs big change in reconnecting our rivers to the sea.
The Gulf of Maine is one of the 10 most productive marine ecosystems in the world. Explore this beautiful and diverse natural community, and The Nature Conservancy’s work to protect it.
See how, with your support, we're restoring the Gulf by working from the headwaters to the sea. See the slideshow!
Can collaboration among scientists, conservationists and fishermen be the route to a healthier Gulf of Maine? See how an innovative partnership seeks to improve fisheries and sustain New Hampshire's struggling ground fishing fleet.
University of New Hampshire eelgrass expert Fred Short is playing a lead role in restoring sea-grass meadows to New England's estuaries.