The Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society was established in 2012 growing out of an economic development conference held on the island. It quickly became an enthusiastic initiative, not only as an economic stimulus, but as an environmental advocacy group for Saturna Island and our marine ecosystem.

Our first event was in the late summer of 2012, an orca presentation by Caitlin Birdsall of the BC Cetacean Sighting Network and Vancouver Aquarium. In the May 2013, SIMRES played an important part in organizing the Moby Doll Orca Symposium, a highly successful, sold out event that attracted some of the top marine scientists and environmental stakeholders in our region.

Our ongoing work includes initiatives to bring marine researchers, scientists and other specialists to our island, one of which is SeaTalks—Saturna Environmental Awareness Talks.

The mission of SIMRES is to:

  1. attract scientific research and educational programmes to Saturna through partnerships with universities, aquariums, parks, scientists, educators and other environmental organizations
  2. be a center for marine research and education, to encourage the development of citizen science and environmental stewardship
  3. bring all people closer to an understanding of and appreciation for the intricate web of our marine ecosystem through presentations, workshops and hands-on experiences

It is our desire to eventually establish a permanent marine research centre on Saturna Island.