The MERS 2019 online auction has come to a close. Thank you all your support and success!
If you are interested in contributing to the 2020 auction please e-mail us at email@example.com. We aim for auction items to be sustainable, locally produced, have a marine theme/connection and have a proven retail value (min. $100). See past auctions here: 2018, 2019.
The online auction is directed at covering Marine Education and Research Society operating costs. Below is a list of some of the work accomplished in 2018 with less than 3 full-time positions (note: summary of work in 2019 will be provided by the end of December 2019). We hope this summary reflects how efficient and productive an organization MERS strives to be. This is possible through the support of many and, while we have been successful in achieving funding for some of our work, it remains challenging to cover operating costs, estimated at $30,000 year.
Highlights of work achieved by MERS in 2018
- 2,000+ data entries for sightings of Humpbacks;
- 170 hours spent monitoring whales during commercial fisheries in case there is an entanglement and in order to better understand the risk;
- 30 additional “See a Blow? Go Slow!” signs for strategic positioning on British Columbia’s coast (many more signs are needed);
- 22 presentations on our research and reducing risks to whales, reaching more than 1,550 people from coastal BC;
- Publishing our research on trap-feeding in Marine Mammal Science;
- Publishing on Minke Whale acoustics in Bioacoustics - the International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording;
- Training more than 95 people at two Marine Naturalist Courses to enhance the calibre of conservation information provided on our coast;
- Continued work to understand the proportion of humpbacks that have been entangled in BC, in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada;
- Collaborating with colleagues also documenting Humpbacks off the coast of British Columbia to update the BC province-wide Humpback catalogue; and
- Co-hosting an entanglement workshop with the Coastal Ocean Research Institute /Ocean Wise, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Sealife Response Rehabilitation and Research to help participants learn how to report, document and help assess entangled whales.