Please can you help?
There are big prizes and big gratitude!

We are conducting a survey for recreational boaters who paddle, sail, or motor off the coast of British Columbia. 

By doing the survey, you are helping with the safety of whales and boaters. The answers will inform our future education efforts, including the development of an online course aimed at the safety of boaters and whales.

The link to the survey is

The survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete; answers are confidential; and you could win the prizes listed below.

It would also be greatly appreciated too if you could spread the word about the survey by sharing the link to this blog, the poster included at the end of this blog, and/or our social media posts provided at the links below.

We need MANY boaters to do this survey. The more input we get, the greater the insights into what information about laws and best practices is reaching recreational boaters, and what the limiting factors might be.

Thank you from our team at the Marine Education and Research Society and our partners in this survey, the Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Research Program, and Cetus Research & Conservation Society. Funding support has been provided by the Government of Canada.

If you need further information, please contact us at


Social media posts about the survey: 
Facebook at this link. 
Instagram at this link 

Prize information: 
Out of gratitude for your time, those who participate in this survey can choose to be entered into a prize draw. 
The draw will take place on March 1, 2024.  

There will be four winners, one winner for each of the following prizes. 

1. Gift card to Steveston Marine & Hardware ($500; online or in-store)

2. Kelp Canvas from The Marine Detective (Value: $300)

3. Gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-op ($250; online or in-store)

4. Marine Mammal Boater Pack. Includes “Marine Mammals of BC” book, Whale Warning Flag, and Marina Bag from Puddle Jump Bags. Locally made in Sointula, BC (Value: $280)

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