About Us

Our Mission

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is a rescue and rehabilitation organization that promotes marine conservation. Our mission is to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including education and research. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, we are the primary responders for sick or injured seals, sea turtles, dolphins and porpoise, and maintain the only marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation center in New York State.

As the primary organization in New York State authorized to work with these animals by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we are dedicated to the conservation of these marine mammals and sea turtles.

How We Do It

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation carries out this mission through various efforts, including the response of marine mammals and sea turtles, in addition to educational outreach. This is done by:

*Establishing and maintaining a comprehensive data archive on marine species, particularly marine mammals and sea turtles, and their habitats in local waters through active field research and the stranding program

*Encouraging conservation and stewardship of the marine environment through scientific findings and public education programs

*Working with other environmental organizations such as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Environmental Conservation, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and more

Founded in 1996, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and rely on the support of the public to carry out their mission. Support may come in the form of donations, animal adoptions, memberships, and volunteering.