Empowering minds, protecting marine life

Inukshuk (BCZ0339) breaching ©MERS, MML-57

Fostering understanding and conservation

The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response. We are privileged to be based in the Territories the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw (the Kwak̕wala-speaking Peoples) and acknowledge their ongoing knowledge and stewardship of these lands and waters.

Boater Safety

See a Blow? Go Slow!

Our “See a Blow? Go Slow!” campaign provides information about Marine Mammal Regulations in Canada, how to avoid collisions with marine mammals, and what to do if collision or entanglement occurs.

Laws & Boater Safety
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Report violations and marine mammals in distress

British Columbia call the Incident Reporting Line 1-800-465-4336 / DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Sponsor a Whale

Support the Marine Education and Research Society by sponsoring a Humpback Whale!
All proceeds go directly towards MERS research, education, and response efforts.

Sponsor A Whale
  • Argonaut


  • Conger


  • KC


  • Moonstar


  • Nick


  • Twister


View all 6 MERS sponsorship whales

Understanding & Action

Jigger (BCX1188) breaching ©Jackie Hildering

Get involved with MERS

We expand our reach through building community. Join us! There are many ways you can get involved. Participate in events. Help educate. Become a donor. Contribute data. Use the Whale Warning Flag and model best boating practices around the whales. Sponsor a Humpback Whale. Purchase sustainable goods from the Ocean Store.

Join us to help the whales, and the ocean they depend on.

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Keep up to date

News & Blog
MERS current catalogue photo for Cirque

April 17, 2024

Whale Mystery Solved – Cirque

Whale ID mystery SOLVED!Confirmed after 7 years – Cirque IS Glacier’s calf! How this unfolded: On January 11th, 2017, friend of…

2023 Annual Report 1

December 19, 2023

2023 MERS Annual Report

As 2023 comes to a close, we want to report out about our achievements this year. Our 2023 Annual Report highlights some…