Canada has a wealth of marine wildlife in its oceans and they are an important part of our national heritage.

Some marine wildlife, however, get in situations that threaten their safety or the safety of people. Every year more than 1,000 marine animal incidents are reported in Canada involving dozens of different species such as whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, sea turtles and sharks. Many of these large marine animals are also species at risk of extinction.

Fortunately, networks of highly trained, specialized individuals and organizations exist that are dedicated to responding to marine animal emergencies across Canada. These networks have created the Canadian Marine Animal Response Alliance (CMARA).

CMARA aims to improve marine animal rescue, research and outreach on behalf of the Canadian public for the conservation of our marine wildlife heritage.

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Mission Statement

To conserve Canada’s marine animals by providing national leadership on marine animal emergency responses through support and guidance to the regional response networks.

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