ABOUT THE MARINE ANIMAL RESPONSE SOCIETY
The Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) is a Nova Scotia-based charitable organization dedicated to marine animal conservation through response, research and engagement. Our goal is to build relationships that result in the conservation, recovery and stewardship of all marine animals and ocean ecosystems.
WHAT WE DO
Learn more about what we do to protect marine life and inspire people to take action.
THE MARS 24/7 HOTLINE HAS HELPED DOCUMENT
INCIDENTS INVOLVING MARINE ANIMALS
THE MARS TEAM HAS RESPONDED TO OVER
INCIDENTS INVOLVING SEALS SINCE 1999
INCIDENTS INVOLVING CETACEANS RESPONDED TO SINCE 1999
For more than 20 years, MARS has provided a reliable source of information and action for citizens who find marine life in trouble. There is no other comparable resource to MARS’ emergency helpline; and when someone comes across a stranded whale, or injured sea turtle, they have nowhere else to call. The reality of the situation is that problems like these are not just public safety issues, but also bring to light the human impact on our marine ecosystems.
Over many years, MARS has successfully pulled together various professional resources and their expertise in this region in order to increase awareness of the importance of marine mammals and of the vital role that these animals play as sentinels of the marine environment. Its positive influence has gone much beyond the Maritimes provinces, and it has undoubtedly become a very well recognized and respected organization at the national and international levels.
MARITIME MARINE ANIMALS
Find out more about marine animals in the Maritime Provinces.
VOLUNTEER WITH MARS
MARS is committed to providing its volunteers with opportunities to safely engage in, and benefit from, participating in a number of different response activities.
We need volunteers to visit sites, to confirm a report of a dead or distressed marine animal and to collect data (i.e. photos, measurements and possibly samples). If MARS responders are on scene to direct rescue efforts, there may be additional opportunities to help response efforts; however, incidents are unpredictable and we cannot guarantee when or where they will happen.
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