MERS Marine Education and Research Society (MERS)


Mission Statement

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.


MERS is a registered Canadian charity based on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia and incorporated in 2010. 
MERS formed in order to bring together existing marine research and education projects as well as to provide a platform from which to conduct further work. 
Our team is comprised of marine biologists and educators highly dedicated to marine conservation. While based on Canada's west coast, team members have worked in many countries and oceans.
We are a small organization doing big work. 
Our research is focused on investigating Humpback and Minke Whales in British Columbia but has also included work to understand and reduce risks to additional marine mammals in BC and in other parts of the world. MERS educational activities have included many presentations, lectures, and programs aimed at a wide audience. 

Program Details

What we do: 
  • Coast-wide education to reduce threats to whales – includes signage, resource development, media engagement, presentations, and Marine Mammal Naturalist Courses.
  • Photo identification, population, and behaviour studies - Minke and Humpback Whales.
  • Feeding strategy studies – Humpback Whales.
  • Marine mammal response and rescue.
  • Studies to better understand the threat of entanglement to marine mammals.
  • Humpback Whale research area is from upper Strait of Georgia to Bella Bella.
  • Collaborating to update the British Columbia catalogue for Humpbacks.
  • Education to raise awareness of Leatherback Turtles off the coast of BC.
Primary Issue
Box 1347 19-1705 Campbell Way
Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0
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