Gifts With Depth – 2020

At this time of year when, in particular, gifts and donations are being considered, we’d like to highlight the ways your giving ALSO contributes to ocean conservation.

Please click this link for a summary of what we have been able to achieve in 2020 despite you-know-what.. We want you to know how far your contributions go to reduce threats to whales and that we could not have achieved this work without the support of those who know the value of what we do.

All contributions directly support our research, education, and marine wildlife response activities. Below are 5 ways to support our work with meaningful gifts for loved ones:

  1. Sustainable Gifts From Our Ocean Store (gift cards available) 
  2. Honorary Donations
  3. Humpback Whale Sponsorships
  4. “See a Blow? Go Slow!” Sign Dedications
  5. Warning Flags
Handmade salmon lamp available in our online store.

1. Gifts From Our Ocean Store

Our online Ocean Store is full of a wide-variety of marine-themed, sustainable, high-quality items. 
We offer worldwide shipping and local, contactless pick-up in Port McNeill.

From books to clothing, our Ocean Store is the ideal place to find eco-friendly gifts that support our marine conservation efforts and local artists and businesses. Please click here to see all the GOODS in the Ocean Store.

Click here for the direct link to gift cards for the Ocean Store. 

Handmade plush seals looking for a home via our Ocean Store.

2. Honorary Donations

MERS is a registered Canadian charity. Any donations over $25 are tax deductible.

When you indicate your donation to MERS is a gift, we’ll send your giftee a message revealing your thoughtfulness and what work the donation supports.

Please know that monthly donations  are especially valuable. These reoccurring donations make for reliable income thereby allowing more effective planning and budgeting. They also offer the ability to indicate in-kind support when applying for grants. Please click here to access the form below. 

3. Humpback Whale Sponsorships

For just $60 you can sponsor a Humpback Whale and help support our work. Sponsorship packages includes a card featuring a photograph of the whale; a large, durable, eco-friendly sticker of the sponsored whale’s tail; and web access to the sponsor-exclusive MERS Humpback Whale Sponsorship Hub for a year.

The Sponsorship Hub includes a biography of your sponsored whale with lots of photos, updates on sightings, and more exclusive content such as Humpback Whale vocals recorded off northern Vancouver Island. 

When you purchase the sponsorship as a gift, both you AND the giftee receive access to the Sponsorship Hub. You will also be able to personalize the letter that accompanies the sponsorship package to your loved one.

Please click here for more information on whale sponsorship. If applicable, be sure to indicate if the sponsorship is a gift during checkout. Annual sponsorship renewals are $50.

Humpbacks available for sponsorship are: Twister, Argonaut, Slash, Moonstar and KC.
Jack and Tristan are pretty happy about their sponsorships of KC and Twister.

4. “See a Blow? Go Slow!” Signs

“See a Blow? Go Slow!” signs  are essential for whale and boater safety and are a cornerstone of our campaign to reduce risk of collision for whales and boaters

A $50 donation sponsors a sign with dedication text for your gift recipient. A tax receipt is available. 

Please see this link for more information, includes a map of where signs have been positioned and how to sponsor a “See a Blow! Go Slow!” sign as a gift. 💙

Signs are made of durable dibond with dimensions 18.5″ x 24″ (~47 cm x 61 cm). Dedication text on this sign is: “This sign sponsored by Sanne Hessing and dedicated to my Dad, with whom I can wait and watch whales for hours. 
Thank you for your endless love and support.”

5. Whale Warning Flags

The Whale Warning Flag is an initiative of the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association and is used by those striving to help the whales along the BC and Washington coast.

The flags are raised on vessels when whales are within 400 m. The aim is to alert other boaters to the presence of whales, so they know to increase vigilance, adjust their vessel’s speed and alter course as needed, in accordance with the Marine Mammal Regulations.

It’s a perfect gift for any boater that spends time in these waters. Two flag sizes are available, at $35 or $55. We do not benefit financially from these flags (we sell them at cost) but you are helping our efforts by helping the whales. Please click here for the Whale Warning Flags. 

With great thanks to you for considering
these Gifts With Depth. 

Any questions? Please contact us via this link. 

We’re so grateful for all those who are whaleful. ☺️

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