Marine Mammal Response Program

Marine Mammal Response Program. © NOAA.

Campobello Whale Rescue Team. Photo credit: NOAA.

There are a wide range of human activities that affect marine mammals and sea turtles including:

  • fishing activities
  • marine traffic
  • noise
  • coastal development
  • pollution

Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for assisting marine mammals and sea turtles in distress. In collaboration with conservation groups and non-governmental organizations, the Department supports marine mammal incident response networks in all regions under the umbrella of the Marine Mammal Response Program.

The Marine Mammal Response Program works with partners to:

  • track and respond to marine mammal entanglements, strandings (dead and live), ship strikes, and other threats
  • quantify threats affecting marine mammal species, with a special focus on species assessed as at risk
  • provide data and information to support Species at Risk recovery planning initiatives, mitigation options, and policy development

Protocols and procedures

Annual Reports

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