We first met one of the founders of the Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society, (SIMRES) seven years ago. Capt Larry Peck is a sailor, having spent most of his life connected to the sea. He arrived on Saturna Island on his classic wooden ketch, Meriah, with a deep love for the oceans and a desire to improve the economic conditions on Saturna, and chose to make it his family home. He and his fellow directors, all residents of Saturna, created SIMRES in 2012 when an economic development conference was 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 the marine ecosystem.
SIMRES provides and facilitates educational programmes, workshops and hands-on activities to create awareness and promote a better public understanding of marine life. Collaborating with researchers, educators, NGO's and educational institutions, the not for profit society encourages both students and the general public to become involved as professionals or citizen scientists and be stewards for the future of the ocean environment.