Recently, the Mouse-Free Marion (MFM) Project made it into the final round of the 2022 European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) Project funding vote. Listed with three other noteworthy projects in the ‘Wild Places’ category, the MFM Project won the most public votes and will receive 50 000 Euros’ funding for our critically important work to ensure the conservation of Marion Island’s seabirds.

What followed was a targeted campaign that saw the MFM Project receive widespread support from across South Africa and globally. Our social media campaign reached thousands of people and the posts were shared by partner institutions and project supporters.

We launched an email campaign to garner votes, reached out to our network of friends, colleagues and research institutions, and gave lectures to interested groups. Our call to vote was shared by research groups and institutions working across the marine space and in the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic regions

The support that the MFM Project received was incredible. We thank each and every person who voted for Marion Island’s seabirds, shared a social media post, forwarded an email or sent us an encouraging message. This funding, although only a small part of what is needed to conduct the eradication of invasive mice on Marion Island, will help enormously towards reaching our funding goal.

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The Mouse-Free Marion Project Team, 02 November 2022