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.

COVID-19 UPDATES

Please be advised that at this time, given the federal and provincial restrictions due to COVID-19, MARS response efforts to marine animal incidents are on a case-by-case basis.

As we enter the beginning of the busy stranding season, we want to ensure that we provide all our active volunteers with information regarding how MARS will be responding to marine animal incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click HERE to review how volunteers will be able to assist us with incidents going forward.

All response activities will only be conducted where safe to do so, as per usual MARS response procedures and our updated COVID-19 response measures during the pandemic. MARS will continue to monitor all information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and adjust our protocols accordingly.

We please ask you to continue to report any stranded, injured, entangled or dead marine animals in the Canadian Maritime Provinces by calling out toll-free hotline at:

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WHAT WE DO

Learn more about what we do to protect marine life and inspire people to take action.

Strandings & Response

Research & Reports

Training & Education

FEATURED RESEARCH

INCIDENT REPORT: North Atlantic Right Whale Mortality Event
Eastern Canada, 2019

OUR IMPACT

THE MARS HOTLINE HAS HELPED DOCUMENT
3000
INCIDENTS INVOLVING MARINE ANIMALS
THE MARS TEAM HAS RESPONDED TO OVER
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1600
INCIDENTS INVOLVING SEALS SINCE 1999
WELL OVER
1200
INCIDENTS INVOLVING CETACEANS RESPONDED TO SINCE 1999
400
VOLUNTEERS TRAINED

MARITIME MARINE ANIMALS

Find out more about marine animals in the Maritime Provinces.

Cetaceans

Sea Turtles

Pinnipeds

Sharks

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.

Sound good to you? Click the button to fill out our volunteer form:

Already a MARS volunteer? Sign-in as a MARS volunteer:

Have questions about becoming a MARS volunteer? Email us at volunteer@marineanimals.ca

HELP US PROTECT MARINE ANIMALS IN THE CANADIAN MARITIMES