American Littoral Society


18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 1
Highlands, NJ 07732
County: Monmouth


Mr. Timothy P. Dillingham

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For general operating support to promote sound conservation policy and regulations, and empower citizens with science based knowledge and tools to support more sustainable coastal communities and ecosystems in New Jersey.

Organization Background

The American Littoral Society was founded in 1961 by divers, naturalists, scientists, and others with a passion for exploring life in the littoral zone and sharing findings, photos, and field notes. Soon, fish kills, degraded habitat, and polluted waterways transformed our collegial group into crusaders for the coast. Since then, our mission has been to promote the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, defend the coast from harm, and empower others to do the same through advocacy, conservation, and education. From our headquarters on Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ, we have grown to more than 6,000 members in 47 states served by regional offices in Millville, NJ; NYC; Florida; and Oregon.

At 52, we remain a lean organization, characterized by our proven ability to lead and build strategic partnerships, develop science and policy, introduce innovative approaches and facilitate community engagement. We are led by Tim Dillingham, whose background in marine science and more than 25 years in coastal and environmental policy development, management, and advocacy make him and the Society the most respected voice for coastal conservation in New Jersey.

Our top-down-bottom-up approach educates decision makers at the municipal, state, and federal levels to make the right decisions for the health of the coast and empowers citizens at the grass-roots level with the knowledge and tools they need to understand the issues, make their voices heard, and to act to build more sustainable coastal communities and ecosystems.

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