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About MERS

We are a non-profit organization dedication to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research and environmental education.

MERS Presentations on Humpback Whales

From urban centres to remote communities, if you live on BC’s coast, we are striving to be of use to you. We’re going far and wide to share our work on the return of Humpback Whales from the brink of … Continue reading

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Puzzle Pieces

Want a glimpse into the world of trying to study Humpbacks as individuals? It’s key to everything we do. If we can’t recognize the whales as individuals, we can’t count them; or know their range; or determine rate of entanglement; or … Continue reading

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Whale Species at Risk and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Project

As a result of the November 29th announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau giving conditional approval to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Project, we have been receiving questions about what this might mean for whale species recognized to be at risk and … Continue reading

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Because you care . . .

Below, as requested, we have bundled the various ways support can be provided through meaningful gift-giving. Please know that we could not do it without you . . . our work to understand and reduce risks to whales . . . … Continue reading

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Two Months and Two Humpbacks Entangled at the Same Location – What Can We Learn?

[UPDATE: November 29: Another Humpback Whale has died in open-net fish farm gear. This is the 2nd Humpback Whale dead at a fish farm in two weeks and the 3rd that is known to have been entangled in fish farm gear … Continue reading

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What a Fluke!

Written by Marissa Morison, MERS Research Assistant (thank you Canada Summer Jobs for making the position possible). On a chilly Tuesday morning we prepare to depart from a quaint little dock in Telegraph Cove. I eagerly await a day on … Continue reading

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Leatherbacks in BC!

Yes, there are Leatherback Turtles off British Columbia’s coast! In fact, the cold ocean off BC is extremely important to this endangered sea turtle species. Leatherbacks migrate all the way from Indonesian to feed on the jellyfish here. See our two-minute animation below about the … Continue reading

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