Canadian divers spend a lot of period on barges, whether they are in command of the vessel, crewing, or just air passengers, having a more accurate knowledge of marine mammal safety and stewardship is highly recommended.
A collaboration between the Canadian Power Squadron and local whale canadian researchers and lecturers of the Marine Education and Research Society( MERS) has produced an extensive, free, PDF to help better educate people.
You can view the guide here ( right click to download whole PDF ).
The guide address essential boater info including the amended Marine Mammal Regulations( it is boater responsibility to know these ); best practices to reduce disturbance; what to do( and not to do) regarding entanglement; how to aid research and conservation.
This is the first guidebook available from the Canadian Power Squadron’s #BoatBlue A environmental campaign. Soon to be added is a guide on Marine Plastic Pollution.
MERS is based on NE Vancouver Island and the developer of the guide is also a member of the CPS, Jackie Hildering.A With the Marine Education and Research Society being collaborators with CPS, it may also be of interest that they are having an online auction to fundraise. This begins on March 27 th and contains all sustainable, local and marine-themed goods. SeeA www.mersociety.org/ auctionA or follow mersociety on social media .