The Society advances understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide. Its mission is to:
Membership in the Society is open to all who support these goals.
The Society addresses the purposes listed above by convening an annual conference, through attending meetings with the Estuarine Research Federation (odd-numbered years), and through periodic publication of a newsletter. In addition, the Society serves as a source of advice on estuarine and coastal matters by responding to requests for information from legislative and management organizations.