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Project Details

Ucluelet, BC, Canada

Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society is a not-for-profit dedicated to conducting long-term research and monitoring, providing emergency marine mammal response, and educating the public about marine ecosystems.

Placement Details

Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIMRS) is based on the West coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia and conducts work within and between Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds. SIMRS achieves their goals through several different initiatives, including Bigg’s Killer Whale Monitoring, Build-A-Whale, the Sea Star Stewardship Program, the Ocean Literacy Program, the BC Marine Mammal Response Network, and Pelagic Marine Species Surveys.

Ambassadors assist in both field research and office work, contributing to many of SIMRS initiatives. They support the establishment of long-term marine life monitoring in Clayoquot Sound, promote citizen science activities, and encourage public stewardship of the local marine wildlife and ecosystems. Ambassadors participate in SIMRS’ monthly pelagic marine species surveys and develop several communication pieces to educate the public about the conservation initiatives in the region.


2022 Participant Highlights


Participant Amanda Purnell

During her placement Amanda had the opportunity to practice environmental writing by actively engaging the public through social media and writing a blog on the history of SIMRS. Since then, she has been asked to write two more blogs, which were printed in the October and November editions of the Tofino Time magazine! Amanda also initiated a fundraising campaign to raise funds for SIMRS by running a marathon, successfully meeting her fundraising goal.

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