Ma­rine An­i­mal Re­sponse So­ci­ety (mars)

Canadian Wildlife - - ROLAND MICHENER CONSERVATI­ON AWARD /2 - Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia marinean­i­


Es­tab­lished in 1978 by the Cana­dian Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion as a trib­ute to for­mer gover­nor gen­eral Roland Mich­ener (1900-1991). An out­stand­ing out­doorsper­son and role model for a gen­er­a­tion, he was an hon­ourary pres­i­dent of the CWF. The award is given each year to an in­di­vid­ual or or­ga­ni­za­tion demon­strat­ing a com­mit­ment to con­ser­va­tion through re­spon­si­ble ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote, en­hance and fur­ther the con­ser­va­tion of Canada’s nat­u­ral re­sources. There are two win­ners this year.

Since its found­ing in 1999, the Ma­rine An­i­mal Re­sponse So­ci­ety has

been one of the main front-line re­spon­ders to ma­rine an­i­mal strand­ings, en­tan­gle­ments and en­trap­ments in the Cana­dian Mar­itimes and has doc­u­mented over 3,000 in­ci­dents in­volv­ing nu­mer­ous dif­fer­ent species. Driven by a small team of deeply com­mit­ted staff, MARS and its toll-free 24/7 hot­line of­fer Mar­itime com­mu­ni­ties and in­dus­try im­me­di­ate ac­cess to expert ad­vice on whales, dol­phins, por­poises, seals, sea tur­tles and sharks. MARS has ex­panded its reach by work­ing with re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to share its ex­per­tise in dis­en­tan­gle­ment, soli­tary and va­grant an­i­mals, foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion of dead an­i­mals, and re­spond­ing to live stranded an­i­mals. It de­vel­oped the first ma­rine mam­mal medic course in Canada and main­tains a strong fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion, out­reach and vol­un­teer train­ing. With more than 400 trained vol­un­teers, ex­ten­sive ed­u­ca­tion work, and the hun­dreds of calls to the hot­line it fields every year, MARS ac­tively en­gages Cana­di­ans in the wel­fare of ma­rine an­i­mals.

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