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The primary mission of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is to preserve and protect our marine environment through education, rehabilitation, and research. The Riverhead Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that operates the Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program in New York State.
The Riverhead Foundation is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of seals, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Some of these species are critically endangered and may become extinct in our lifetime. The Riverhead Foundation is the only organization authorized by New York State to operate the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.
The Riverhead Foundation's educational efforts are dedicated to informing the public about our marine environment and how they can aid in its preservation. The Riverhead Foundation needs the help and support of the public to carry out its mission. We cannot do this alone.
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is located at Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead, NY. Our facility is equipped to house and treat the many species of marine mammal and sea turtle that are present in New York's waters. If an animal is sighted and seems to be in distress, members of our staff and trained volunteers will go to the scene and attempt a rescue. The rescuee is then transported to our facility where they will undergo testing to determine what treatments are necessary for their eventual release back into the wild. Rescued animals will stay with us anywhere from 3-8 months.
In addition to rehabilitation an education, the Riverhead Foundation engages in research. The Riverhead Foundation is currently conducting an extensive marine mammal and sea turtle abundance study throughout the coastal waters of New York State. The study encompasses aerial, shipboard, and land-based surveys.