The MERS 2019 online auction has come to a close. Thank you all your support and success!

Stay tuned for future auctions.

The online auction was 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. We hope this 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.

If you are interested in contributing to the 2020 auction please e-mail us at info@mersociety.org . 

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 Miinke Whale acoustics in Bioacoustics - the International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording;
  • Training more than 95 people at two Marine Naturalist Workshops 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.

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