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Mark Berman dedicated his life to helping protect whales and dolphins around the world.  

He directed Earth Island Institute's International Tuna Monitoring Program for more than two decades, working tirelessly to help convince more than 600 tuna companies to support a strong and verifiable Dolphin Safe Tuna standard.  

Mark also played a crucial role in many important victories for marine mammals such as his landmark legislation in South Carolina banning all captivity for dolphins, working to free the captive orca "Keiko",  and blocking the capture and trade of dolphins in the Solomon Islands and many other places.  Mark was an inspiration to many people he met during his worldwide travels on behalf of marine mammal protection.

Mark passed away unexpectedly on May 13, 2016 as the result of complications from surgery.  He was an integral part of our Earth Island Institute International Marine Mammal Project for more than 25 years and a wonderful friend.  He will be missed and certainly would have wanted his life's work to carry on full speed ahead.

In Mark's honor, we have established the Mark Berman Fund to focus on hot-spots around the globe that Mark was particularly committed to where dolphins and whales need immediate help.  The Fund will help assist outreach and action to protect dolphins and whales and keep them wild and free.

We welcome your assistance.  All contributions are tax-deductible.  If you prefer to donate by check, please send to Mark Berman Fund at the address listed below.

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International Marine Mammal Project - Mark Berman Fund
Earth Island Institute
2150 Allston Way
Suite 460
Berkeley, CA. USA 94704

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