Here you will find the most important news about our association as well as our projects and actions. In addition, we report about the events around the whale and dolphin protection off La Gomera (Canary Islands) and worldwide.

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17 Mar

5th educational workshop of M.E.E.R. e.V. at the ECS conference 2017!

Berlin, March 2017. We proudly announce that M.E.E.R. e.V. offers its 5th workshop in a row on the annual conference of the European Cetacean Society (ECS). It is a full-day educational workshop „Communicating marine mammal science to the general public“, bringing together enthusiastic people in the field of marine mammals and education. It is organised by Volker Smit (M.E.E.R. e.V., Germany) and his colleague Dr. Luigi Bundone (Archipelagos ambiente e sviluppo, Italy). The workshop is open to all, especially suitable for researchers, educators, science teachers, students and the media. This year, we will focus on protocols related to objectives and...
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17 Dec

Station for land-based observation of cetaceans

Berlin/La Gomera, December 2016. Currently, we are working on the setup of a station for land-based observations of cetaceans. In November 2016, we conducted successful test runs, land-based observations were documented. By guiding the whale watching boats from aboveaccording to aur land-based observations we were able to contribute to a sustainable whale watching management. Recently, IFAW  (International Fund for Animal Welfare) and the Beatrice-Nolte-Stiftung assured  M.E.E.R. e.V. financial support. We are very grateful for that – now the project can start! In December 2016, the construction of the shelter began and we ordered professional optic equipment. First systematic data collection...
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23 Jun

Whale watching for motivated students

La Gomera, June 2016. Those students who exceeded expectations by improved performances in the past semester were invited to a very special whale watching trip on June 16, at 9 a.m. The kids from the Valle Gran Rey at the age of 14 to 15 years and their accompanying teacher had the opportunity to discover the large number of cetaceans off the coast of their hometown. Biologist Volker Boehlke started by introducing the most common species and explaining their habitat.  
18 Mar

M.E.E.R. workshop on the ECS conference 2016!

Berlin/Madeira, March 2016. For the 3rd time in a row M.E.E.R. e.V. is the main organizer of an educational workshop at the annual conference of the European Cetacean Society (ECS). This year, the conference takes place on Madeira with a focus on the deep sea. The full day workshop “4th workshop on communicating marine mammal science to the general public” takes place in the Madeira Whale Museum on March 13th. It includes a presentation of the Madeira Whale Museum and a guided tour. The workshop is open for everybody interested in marine mammals’ protection, focusing on education. Therefore, it is...
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5 Feb

CETS Meeting for Sustainable Tourism

La Gomera, February 2016. Our active member Josy Amey represented M.E.E.R. e.V. at the CETS meeting (CARTA EUROPEA DE TURISMO SOSTENIBLE) that was held in Agulo, La Gomera, at the beginning of February. Activities were presented that promoted eco-tourism and led at the same time to benefits of locals. In addition, there was a presentation and evaluation of companies, which sustainably work in tourism and are part of CETS, including our long-standing cooperation partner OCEANO. Furthermore, future demands and problems as well as possible sustainable solutions were collected and discussed. It was important for M.E.E.R. e.V. to be present at...
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8 Oct

M.E.E.R. education for La Gomera’s school children

La Gomera, Oktober 2015. On the 7th and 8th of October, 200 pre-schoolers and primary school children of the local school in Borbalán, La Gomera, took part in a very special excursion within their ‘ocean weeks’: For two days, with the support of M.E.E.R., the pupils aged three to twelve had the chance to learn more about the sea and its inhabitants. Coordinated by our biology teacher and M.E.E.R.-biologist Volker Smit, the children were introduced to the life of whales and dolphins in the rooms of our permanent exhibition located close to the harbour. Additionally, marine biologist Volker Boehlke explored...
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21 Mar

3rd workshop at ECS conference 2015

M.E.E.R. e.V. proudly presents its 3rd workshop at the annual ECS Conference 2015 (European Cetacean Society, 23 – 25 March, Malta): “Communicating marine mammal science to students & the general public”. The workshop is organised by Volker Smit (M.E.E.R. e.V.) and takes place at InterContinental (St. Julians, Malta) on 21st March 2015.
5 Oct

Whale Watching tour for local teachers

Biology teachers at sea! La Gomera, 2014. Due to the close cooperation with OCEANO La Gomera and the contact to the local school in the Valle Gran Rey at La Gomera, it has been possible to invite biology teachers on a tour out to sea with OCEANO. Beforehand, marine biologist Volker Boehlke held a lecture for the teachers at their school about „Life at the coast of La Gomera“. We are pleased about this development, since M.E.E.R. e.V. repeatedly invited the teachers to use the trilingual exhibition also for their lessons. Campaign for teachers of the „Instituto de Educación Secundaria...
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