Marine Animal Response Society (MARS)

Welcome to the Marine Animal Response Society!

MARS is dedicated to marine animal conservation through response, research and engagement.

All around the world, dolphins, whales, seals and other marine animals are threatened by human activities. Entanglement, vessel strikes, ocean noise, chemical pollution and marine debris are among the many hazards that can result in serious injury - and sometimes even death. With close to 25% of marine mammals threatened with extinction, we urgently need to find ways to reduce the impacts human activities are having on life in our oceans.

Based in Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island) and driven by a small team of deeply-committed staff and hundreds of passionate volunteers, MARS strives to make positive conservation impacts and inspire people to become stewards of our oceans. Over the last 20 years, we've trained over 400 volunteers across Atlantic Canada. MARS volunteers provide critical support by visiting sites, confirming reports of dead or distressed marine animals or by collecting data including photos, measurements and samples.

If you are interested in joining our MARS team as a volunteer, please fill out the application form on this page or email us at We look forward to having you join us!

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