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Marine mammals

Species identification, reporting a sighting or incident, the marine mammal response program.

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Services and information

Policies related to cetaceans in captivity and their reproductive materials

Outline Fisheries Act permitting criteria

Identify a species

Photos and facts, including conservation information, of marine mammals found in Canadian waters.

Report a sighting or incident

Mandatory forms and contact information for reporting incidents or sightings in your region.

Protecting whales

Actions to help protect Canada's endangered whales.

Marine mammal research

Expert teams conducting research on marine mammal species across Canada.

Marine mammal response program

The response network that helps marine mammals and sea turtles in distress, annual reports.

When marine mammals are trapped by ice

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to the welfare of marine mammals.

Marine mammal working group

Read about the interests and mandate of the working group and the roles and responsibilities of the Chair.

Cetacean species and conservation

There are over 90 species of cetaceans that inhabit the world's oceans, lakes and rivers according to the World Cetacean Database (2016).

Humpback Whale Catalogue

This catalogue is a collection of identification photographs of humpback whales seen in British Columbian waters from 1989 to 2007.

Sea turtles

Biological and conservation information regarding sea turtles.

Authorization to disturb marine mammals

Application form to get authorization for activities that will disturb a marine mammal.

Frequently asked questions

Questions and answers on how to watch whales and marine mammals without disturbing them.

What we are doing


Protecting Canada’s wild salmon

Protecting Canada’s wild salmon

How we’re ensuring healthy, diverse salmon populations across Canadian ecosystems.

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