The Martha’s Vineyard towns of Tisbury, West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah lie on 37 miles of shoreline along Vineyard Sound, just beyond the edge of Buzzards Bay. Together, these four towns include 56 square miles of land and were home to a total of 7,866 year-round residents as of the 2010 Census.

Top Stories on Martha's Vineyard

Third summer of water monitoring kicks off on Martha’s Vineyard

This summer, the Coalition and partners at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe are undertaking a third year of studying the health of Vineyard Sound and four coastal ponds on the island’s north shore.

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25 local fishing charters to get you out on Buzzards Bay

Chartering a boat gives you an opportunity to fish Buzzards Bay's deeper waters with the guidance of experienced captains.

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Governor vetoes $125,000 for Buzzards Bay monitoring in 2017 state budget

The governor’s veto puts the future of the Baywatchers program – and clean water in your community – at risk.

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Upcoming Events Near Martha's Vineyard

WHOI Walking Tours
Mon, July 01 -
Fri, August 30
WHOI Visitor Center,
Falmouth
Weekend Science Tours
Sat, July 06 -
Sat, August 31
MBL Exhibit Center,
Falmouth
Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sun, October 06
Sakonnet Point, RI to Woods Hole,
Falmouth
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Bay Health: Vineyard Sound

With every changing tide, water flows from Buzzards Bay to Vineyard Sound and back again through Woods Hole, Robinson’s Hole, Quicks Hole, and Canapatsit Channel. This connection links the health – and futures – of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, which is why the Coalition began monitoring here in 2013. The health of Vineyard Sound is excellent, ranking as one of the healthiest waterways that we monitor.

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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: