Membership FAQs

Has TCS changed its renewal date to a common annual date?
A. Yes, as of 2008 all TCS members will renew their membership by December 31 of each year. This change will decrease time spent in processing membership renewals and make it easier for you to remember when you need to renew your TCS membership.

Q. Why have membership dues increased?
A. During the past 3 years since the last increase in dues, the cost of serving, you, the member, has increased. Still, we know you would probably like to see additional benefits to match the increase in dues! We are working to build capacity to offer more frequent opportunities to meet between conferences.

Of course, all of your current Membership Benefits, like the weekly e-mail announcements, will continue.

Q. What if I join late in the calendar year?
A. New members, regardless of when they join, will pay the full annual membership rate. It will not be prorated for a part of a year. New members will get all the benefits of membership which were available during the year (with the exception of voting in elections or on bylaws changes if the voting has closed). However, as a special promotion to new student members joining in the fall semester, membership will be extended through December 31 of the following year.

Q. As a new Regular Member, will I have access to back issues of CMJ when I join?
A.As part of their dues rate, “Regular” members receive a subscription to the journal Coastal Management. Yes, you will get access to all issues of CMJ published to their web site.

Q. What is in the Members Only section of the TCS web site?
A. The members-only web site will provide additional access to web material that is relevant to the TCS members as well as access to enhanced networking opportunities among members. Non-members and the general public will not have access to these benefits. From the members-only web-site, “Regular” category members will be able to access the electronic subscription to Coastal Management Journal included in their dues. The member-to-member database will also be available from this site allowing you to search for and network with other TCS members by geographic area or area of interest. The TCS Membership Committee welcomes your feedback or ideas for additional membership benefits. Contact TCS if you would like to discuss this topic.

Q. Why doesn’t the Student membership category include a subscription to CMJ?
A. A poll of TCS Student members indicated that students already have access to the journal through their university libraries.

Q. How can Regular Members get a print subscription to CMJ?
A. You may subscribe to the print version of CMJ at the greatly reduced cost of $20 by contacting Taylor and Francis, the publisher, and stating that you are a TCS member. Contact: This will be in addition to the electronic version which is automatically included in your Regular Member dues.

Q. What are the other benefits of membership?
A. Current members receive weekly emails of job openings and of news and events related to coastal issues. You’ll also get an announcement when the latest issue of the TCS Bulletin has been published. Discounted conference registration, committee participation, survey feedback and voting for TCS Board members are some of the other Membership Benefits (PDF).

Q. Whom do I contact for any further questions?
A. Contact the TCS Office at or (757) 565-0999.