To provide support and resources to facilitate timely appropriate responses to marine animals in distress along Canada's coasts and coastal waters such as strandings, entanglements, oilings or injury. This includes supporting the already existing efforts and providing contacts, information and communication across Canada, centralize data co-ordination including tracking of incidents, and providing funds and personnel to where it is needed in Canada.


This is run under the Oceanographic Environmental Research Society (OERS), located in Toronto, Canada; permitting access to a large volunteer base as well as other support, which can be made available to wherever incidents occur. An Advisory Committee made up of individuals from across Canada with diverse backgrounds who also act as contact for their province helps guide and provide insight to this process.

Initiatives are being launched in the following areas:

Emergency Response Grants *
Trained Response Teams
Cataloguing Incident Reports


All individuals and groups who are involved with marine animal response and care in Canada are welcome to join. With membership comes eligibility to apply for Emergency Grants.

We require a completed application form which you will need to print from the website.

Mail to:
Canadian Marine Animal Rescue Network (CMARN)
Oceanographic Environmental Research Society
12 Burton Ave, Barrie
Ontario, Canada
L4N 2R2


Anyone corporate, individual or sector of government wishing to support such an initiative through donations of money, volunteering or providing resources that further the mandate of CMARN through OERS

Further Information

If your organization wishes to join or if you wish to contribute and support this initiative please contact us at

Emergency Grants

Wittnich Marine Animal Rescue Grant (WMAR grant)

The Oceanographic Environmental Research Society (OERS) is committed to saving the marine
environment through rescue, rehabilitation and education. OERS has created a granting system that makes available funds in forms of grants to various groups primarily within Canada and internationally to be used for the charitable activities.