A belated 'Thank You" to all who attended and volunteered at our annual Fin-Raiser at the Lewes Yacht Club. We are so grateful to have such support throughout the community for our efforts and you contribution will help us continue our efforts on behalf of the marine mammals along the Delaware coastline. ...
The MERR annual Finraiser is rapidly approaching. You still have time to reserve your tickets for the event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23rd at the Lewes Yacht Club. Doors open at 6:30p.m. Tickets are $60 and $55 for members. Admission includes a delicious spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres, ample enough to make a meal, wine tasting sponsored by Teller Wines, complimentary champagne, live music by local favorites 33 1/3, live and silent auction, and many more fun and festive delights throughout the evening, including a presentation about our marine mammals and sea turtles, and the historical stranding events of this year. Local celebrities will be on hand to round out our evening of fun and fundraising.
We have a truly great array of items for sale this year. Some of the highlights include:
Bevin's Skiff which is a hand crafted wooden boat built in the tradition of design and craftsmanship of that era. The Lewes Historical Society facilitated the boat building event -our boat was crafted and donated by "Bessie's Lewesers"- she's a thing of beauty!
Surf Board donated by East of Maui
Hand crafted double paddle made of ash, mahogany, sassafras, and paulonia woods-perfect for you stand up paddlers. (see photo)
Original artwork from local artisans
Full day sailboat charter including catered lunch, for 6 people
And so much more!
Hope to see you there. ...
The new MERR license plate is a reality. It is now available at DMV as an official license plate for state residents. The plate has a one time fee of $50.00, of which MERR will receive $35.00 per plate. You can transfer your current plate number or vanity, and you don’t have to wait for your sticker to expire-DMV will prorate the new sticker if you want to get your plate right away. For now you need to go to DMV, but the plates will be available online by the end of September.
To give you an idea of how great they look, the staff at DMV have already bought plates for their own cars!
Many thanks to our artist, Karin Snoots, for creating this beautiful license plate. It will help to support our work for now and for years into the future, and will also serve as wonderful advertising for marine conservation, spreading this message throughout the roadways of America! We also have to thank our wonderful legislators who made sure these plates got passed-Pete Schwartzkopf sponsored the plate in the House, and Joe Booth and Gary Simpson got it through the Senate. The staff at DMV in Dover couldn’t have been more helpful, and we are so thankful that they worked diligently to get this plate through all of the layers of inspection so that it could meet the necessary criteria. Great team effort!!!
Over 30 species of Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles occur off of Delaware’s coast each year, many of which are endangered or protected species. These marine animals utilize the area as a feeding ground for a variety of organisms that are part of our marine ecosystem. As Delaware’s only authorized stranding marine mammal and sea turtle response organization, we provide 24/7 stranding response for marine mammals and sea turtles throughout the entire state of Delaware. Here’s a few facts about us and what that entails:
501(c)(3) public non-profit organization
100 stranding responses each year
36 species of threatened and endangered marine species occur in Delaware coastal and inland waterways:whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, manatees and sea turtles
Provide education/outreach programs to schools and the general public, reaching 10,000 participants annually
Conduct research pertaining to marine animal health and ocean health that impacts the local and the global community
Preserve human health and safety
Assist other states with stranding response and animal transport
Member of the Northeast Region Stranding Network
And here’s some more things you may not know:
Dollars MERR saves the State of Delaware each year-$450,000.00
Number of marine mammal and sea turtle species occurring in DE-36
Number of stranding responses in MERR’s lifetime-1200
Number of stranding responses for 2012-17
Number of participants in our education programs since 2000-120,000
Number of participants in our education programs for 2012-2,500
Number of Volunteers- 100
Number of hours on call since 2000-105,120
Weight of the largest stranded animal to date-60 tons (61’ Fin whale stranded in 2010)