By land area, Fairhaven is the smallest town on Buzzards Bay at just 12 square miles. The entire town lies within the Buzzards Bay watershed, with New Bedford to the west, Mattapoisett to the east, and Acushnet to the north. As of the 2010 Census, Fairhaven was home to 15,873 residents. Its shoreline stretches 29 miles along Buzzards Bay, New Bedford Harbor, and Nasketucket Bay.

Top Stories in Fairhaven

Celebrating 25 years of the Buzzards Bay Swim: Help secure $200,000 for clean water through the 25th Anniversary Fish Family Foundation Challenge

Over the next eight weeks, together, we’ll work to achieve our 2017 goal by registering a total of 340 swimmers and raising $135,000 by the day of the Swim on Saturday, June 24. If we do, we’ll unlock the first $25,000 of the grant.

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How an ocean-loving New Bedford mom trained for her first Buzzards Bay Swim

With weekly practice, Rosie Byrnes was was swimming a full mile – 33 laps – with ease after two months. And by the time June rolled around, she felt like a pro, effortlessly swimming 1.2 miles in the pool.

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Nearly 1,500 acres of land protected in Mattapoisett River Valley in past 15 years

Over the past 15 years, the Coalition has worked in close partnership with the towns of Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester to forever protect 1,468 acres of forests and wetlands in the Mattapoisett River Valley – a rate of nearly 100 acres per year.

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Upcoming Events in Fairhaven

Places To Go in Fairhaven

West Island Town Beach

Set next to windswept salt marshes on West Island, this Fairhaven beach is a paradise for outdoors lovers.

Phoenix Bike Trail

The 4.5-mile paved Phoenix Bike Trail is a gateway to Fairhaven's coastal forests and salt marshes.

Hoppy’s Landing

Called a “fisherman’s paradise," Hoppy’s Landing on West Island in Fairhaven is your gateway to Buzzards Bay.

Current Issues

Nitrogen Pollution

Nitrogen pollution is the greatest long-term threat to the health of Buzzards Bay. We all contribute nitrogen pollution to our local waterways. Fortunately, we can all do our part to stop it.

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Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: