Director of Marine Animal Rescue Group to Present at the Citizen’s Advisory Committee Meeting at the Center for the Inland Bays

Indian River Inlet, DE:   Suzanne Thurman, founder and director of the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. (MERR) will present at the next meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) Thursday, March 20 at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the CIB offices on Inlet Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, just north of Indian River Inlet Bridge.

The nonprofit, established to provide rescue and response to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in Delaware, was founded in 2000 and is based in Lewes.  In addition to stranding response, MERR also contributes to research and provides education programs to students and the general public.  Now in its 14th year, this volunteer-based organization has provided stranding response for over 1,400 animals, and served more than 150,000 people with their education programs.  

The Inland Bays Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a standing committee of the Center for the Inland Bays. Its members represent a cross-section of communities and interest groups in the Inland Bays watershed and are charged with bringing issues of public concern related to protection of the Inland Bays and its watershed to the CIB Board. The committee welcomes all interested people to their meetings and hopes that many will consider joining in this important work.


The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to promote the wise use and enhancement of the Inland Bays and its watershed.  With its many partners, the CIB conducts public outreach and education, develops and implements restoration projects, encourages scientific inquiry and sponsors research.  For more information call Sally Boswell at 226-8105, or email at  or, go to our website at